Why We Care.....
135 Police Officers lost their lives in the line of duty in 2017. The lives of those who loved those men and women were forever changed. The loss of an Officer is profound. The sense of family created by all of those who mourn that loss is impossible to explain.
The Philadelphia Police Department has lost 274 Officers since 1797. We know that all of our Fallen Officers left behind them families, friends and colleagues for whom the loss is still very deep.
This program began to acknowledge the sacrifice of all of Philadelphia's Fallen Police Officers and their loved ones. It has grown to include Fallen Officers across the nation. Most importantly, we want to be sure these Officers are NEVER to be forgotten!
This program was started by the family of Philadelphia P/O John Pawlowski (EOW 2/13/2009) during the 2014 holiday season. They were inspired by the national Wreaths Across America program, and driven by the overwhelming amount of anti-police sentiment at the time. They simply wanted to remember the sacrifices of these men and acknowledge that they did not die in vain and would not be forgotten. That first years effort from fleeting thought to completion occurred within the course of 6 days, and only included 18 officers who were interned at the same cemetery as John. Our communities response was overwhelming!! For this reason, we decided to expand the effort to include ALL 274 officers from the Philadelphia Police Dept. who died serving our city.
NO ONE involved in this program receives any monetary compensation and ALL assistance, from production to distribution, is completely voluntary.
Since the beginning of our program, we have included Fallen Officers from 26 additional counties in Pennsylvania. We have also reached as far as Nicholasville Kentucky, Pelham Alabama, Jasper County Missouri, Rapid City South Dakota, Hoonah Alaska and West Jordan Utah . Our program has further spread to various counties in Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, New York State, New Jersey. and the entire state of Arizona. We will continue to spread this memorial until it is nationwide!!!
Please feel free to contact us if your department is interested in starting this program in your area, we will be happy to help you get started!!!