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Holiday party for families of fallen officers

Terri O’Connor, Marissa Fitzgerald, Teng Chan and Judy Cassidy.
Binns with Terri O’Connor, Chris Rycek and Hank Glenn.
Jimmy Binns standing with Kim Pawlowski and Johnny Pawlowski.
Jimmy Binns, Temple University Police Association officials and the family of Christopher Fitzgerald.

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

The families also took home Christmas dinner donations.

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The event was sponsored by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98. The program furnishes breakfast and dinner meals to several officers who’ve survived their wounds and area families of fallen police officers at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

Families of local fallen officers who were in attendance included Andrew Stackwicz, Gary Skerski, Chuck Cassidy, Timothy Simpson, John Pawlowski, James O’Connor, Walter DeWitt, Patrick McDonald and Christopher Fitzgerald.

Highway Patrol Officer Andy Chan, who was severely injured in an accident as he headed to work on Rhawn Street in 2019, was at the breakfast. So were Chris Rycek and Hank Glenn, also of Highway Patrol, who were shot on Dec. 10 by a suspect at Frankford Avenue and Welsh Road.

Children had a chance to sit on Santa’s lap, have their face painted and make a request to a balloon artist. ••

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