Remembering fallen cops during holidays

Kathy Simpson, Jimmy Binns, Linda Lorenzo

Jimmy Binns, CEO of Holiday Meals for Heroes, last week welcomed families of local police officers who are severely disabled or died in the line of duty to a breakfast at Sunnybrook Golf Club, in Plymouth Meeting.

Binns was joined by police personnel from Philadelphia, Delaware and Montgomery counties.

The annual breakfast honored the memory of nearly 30 fallen police heroes in the Philadelphia area and supported their surviving families, who took home full-course Thanksgiving dinners.

Fallen Philadelphia police officers who had family members at the Nov. 24 breakfast included Chuck Cassidy, Isabelle Nazario, Patrick McDonald, Timothy Simpson, Andrew Stackwicz, Brian Lorenzo, James O’Connor and James Walker.

Philadelphia Highway Patrol Officer Andy Chan, a 24-year veteran who was severely injured in an accident as he headed to work in 2019, attended the breakfast.

Binns, a longtime lawyer, has led the annual Hero Thrill Show for 16 years and is founder of the Hero Cop Plague program.

The program furnishes breakfast, meals and food deliveries to area families of fallen police officers at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The next breakfast will be Dec. 23 at Sunnybrook. ••