On Thursday, May 30, Munhall Police Officer Kolin Price suffered a major medical event. We ask that you keep Officer Price, his wife Wendy and their family in your prayers.
On Saturday, June 15, 2013, WPPBF Secretary Drew Volchko and his wife Teresa were pleasde to present Shenango Township Police Chief Bill Phillips along with Officer Darrin Cwynar, a check from the funds raised with the help of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and those who volunteered to help. These funds were raised in memory of Officer Jerry McCarthy who was killed in the line of duty. Officer McCarthy's wife will use the funds for a memorial scholarship and to help others that Jerry was passionate about helping and supporting.
A Police Benevolent Foundation... How it All Started
Often, members of the board are asked; "Where did
you come up with the idea for the Foundation?" The answer is simple:
Nothing like it ever existed in Pennsylvania, until now. It went
Initially, the idea for an organization dedicated to
help injured officers and their families was the brain-child of Officer
Rich Griffith of the South Park Township Police Department. In April of 2011, Officer James Kuzak was shot while
responding to a domestic call in Clairton, Pa. Friends gathered to help him and his family by raising
money. Although his medical bills were covered by insurance, there were
many costly incidentals that needed to be addressed. It was quickly
learned that there was no agency, business or organization that existed to
help police officers and their families in a time of crisis. So, we started one.
Contacts needed to be made, events needed to be
planned, and the word needed to get out. By trial and error, we learned
media relations, event planning and coordination, and conquered the
fundamentals of fund raising. With little knowledge of public relations
but a lot of determination, those who committed to help their friend
were very successful.
Using our new-found
skills, those who came together to
help Officer Kuzak in April of 2011, now make up the Foundation's Board of
Directors dedicated to help many into 2012 and beyond.
We would like to welcome our two newest membership groups:
Washington County Sheriff's Office
Allegheny County Probation Members
Both of the groups entire membership joined as a whole!!
Lets Talk Tailwaggers Paws for the Cause
Drew and Cuffs appear on the Bethel Park TV Lets Talk Tailwaggers show to promote the Paws for the Cause Event. Come join us for a great time and a great cause.