Officers bring Christmas to police families in need
MONTGOMERYVIILLE, Pa. - December 22, 2013 (WPVI) -- When a local officer, who fell on hard times, had to cancel Christmas with his family, his fellow officers stepped up to help him and others.
"You know what, let's do Christmas for ten kids of police officers killed, or injured in the line of duty or off duty," said Trooper Craig Polen, Pennsylvania State Police.
Just like that, an idea was born. Polen reached out to other police and corrections officers through Facebook.
On Sunday, they arrived to a local toy store in Montgomeryville and helped save one officer's family's Christmas.
"We're going to take the kids shopping, give them money to spend and the rest goes to pay bills," said Polen.
The injured Lansdale officer's wife cancelled Christmas until the group came through.
She did not want to give her name. Her husband is an undercover officer who, for safety reasons, cannot be identified.
"We're very blessed without their help we wouldn't have Christmas," said the officer's wife.
The couple has three kids, including one with Cerebral Palsy, and they are also facing foreclosure on their home.
"It's absolutely amazing how the blue line family bands together as one and helps not only the fallen but the injured," said the officer's wife.
Fellow brothers in blue agreed that stepping up for each other is part of the job.
"Any one of us would do it for each other. That's the great thing about the law enforcement community," said Steven Mancuso.
"We're as family as it's going to get without out actually being blood family," said Thomas Cann, NJ State Corrections.
The group has already given to 20 other police families across the United States. They just found out about this family but say that was still plenty of time.
"In a matter of 12 hours we raked in $2,000 and $3,100 in less than two days," said Polen.
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