An E-Sylum reader forwarded this link to an article about how one city's police force is using Challenge Coins to raise funds for the families of fallen officers. -Editor Since April 4, 2009, when an ambush incident in the Stanton Heights section of Pittsburgh took the lives of officers Eric Kelly, Paul J. Sciullo II, and Stephen J. Mayhle, their police family has been not only mourning their loss, but working to help the families of these fallen heroes.
In particular, the Pittsburgh PD SWAT team has put together a campaign to raise money for the families through the sale of Pittsburgh Memorial Challenge Coins.
“We wanted to do more than just donate money,” said Detective Chris Marks, who has been in contact with PoliceOne in recent days regarding the fundraising effort. “We wanted something that would memorialize the Officers... and also something for people to have to remember that they too helped out.
Rather than our SWAT team simply donating money to the fund, we came up with the idea of selling these coins instead. We all donated an amount and had these minted. We can then sell them as many times over to continue to contribute, rather than a one time deal,” Marks told PoliceOne.
Pittsburgh's my home town, and the shootings occurred in a neighborhood next to the one where I grew up. The entire city mourned the fallen officers with a solemn procession that tied up traffic for miles. The article doesn't picture the Challenge Coins, but I found this image on the order form. -Editor
To read the complete article, see: Pittsburgh SWAT uses Challenge Coins to help families of fallen heroes (www.policeone.com/writers/columnists/Doug-Wyllie
Wayne Homren, Editor
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