The Bucks County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge PA-53 will be hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, Oct 5. to build a memorial for officers killed in the line of duty. It will be hosted at the Newtown Athletic Club from 7 to 11 p.m.
FOP 53 Chairperson Matthew Arlen grew up in a household with two police officers for parents. Even his grandfather was a member of FOP 53, which has 900 active duty officers and 450 retired officers.
Arlen’s family knew the family of Det. Christopher Jones, who was struck and killed by a drunk driver in 2009.
“It’s a personal loss,” Arlen said. “When an officer is killed in the line of duty, it’s a very heavy blow.”
As for the memorial, it will be built at the Lodge facility in Wycombe. Pavers will create an outline of Bucks County, overlain with the FOP five-pointed star. The three points of the star as people enter the Lodge will be five-foot monoliths. These monoliths will have the names of the officers killed in the line of duty.
It is set to open May 17, 2020 during National Police Memorial Week.
“One of the reasons we chose the Lodge home was because it’s a little bit more of a private setting for any of the families that would want to go pay their respects to the officers,” Arlen said.
“Unfortunately, we do have to consider the future. It could be expanded if necessary.”
The Newtown Athletic Club is located at 120 Pheasant Run in Newtown. Tickets are $75 per person, which include a buffet, wine, beer. Those interested in attending can contact Matthew Arlen at 215-760-9726.
More information on various types of donations is available on the FOP Lodge 53 website here.
The memorial will honor thirteen Bucks County officers killed on duty. Their names are:
- Detective Christopher Jones – Middletown Township Police Department
- Officer Brian Steven Gregg – Newtown Borough Police Department
- Officer Joseph E. Hanusey – Plumstead Township Police Department
- Ranger Stanley E. Flynn – Bucks County Department of Parks
- Deputy Thomas A. Bateman – Bucks County Sheriff’s Department
- Deputy George M. Warta, Jr. – Bucks County Sheriff’s Department
- Patrolman Robert Yezzi – Bensalem Township Police Department
- Patrolman James K. Armstrong – Bensalem Township Police Department
- Detective Sergeant George Stuckey – Bristol Township Police Department
- Chief Eli Myers – Dublin Borough Police Department
- Sheriff Abraham Kulp – Bucks County Sheriff’s Department
- Constable Henry Kolbe – Doylestown Constable
- Deputy Constable Erwin Mondeau – Pennsylvania State Constable