If you ride your bike early in the morning on the Schuylkill Trail, where Officer Brad Fox was gunned down Sept. 13, don’t be surprised to see Plymouth Township police cars.
The officers are taking a moment to remember their fallen comrade, said Police Chief Joseph Lawrence:
“We do go down there every morning for a few moments. We talk about what transpired and the things we can learn from the ambush. The Public Works people, they fixed the murder site up and cleaned it all out, and we have a stone there with his badge number on it.
“We say a quick prayer. I've been seeing people get off their bikes and stop. Seeing non-uniformed people paying their respects means a lot. It's no longer just a few flowers; somebody goes by and puts something (new) there.
“The company next door, they came over and said they'd look after it, to make sure nothing happens to it. The Police Academy is not very far away, the incoming class they volunteered as a class now, and probably after I'm long gone, to clean the site and replace the flowers. It's a good thing for them to know: Police work's a good job, but those are the sacrifices you have to make sometimes.”
Chief Lawrence said the speech he delivered at Officer's Fox's funeral about the importance of healing together was the hardest thing he's ever done. The funeral on Sept. 19 drew mourners to Montgomery County from as far away as Canada.
Officer Jennifer Brooke is the department’s liaison with the Fox family. She said the upwelling of support for Fox's family has been “very very comforting” to his fellow police officers. It has been extraordinarily difficult going back to business as usual while coping with the loss of Officer Fox.
But she’s very encouraged by a series of fund-raisers that are planned in support of the Fox Children’s Fund. Two are planned for this Friday, Sept. 28:
1. U.S. Restaurants Inc., a franchisee of Burger King Corporation, in cooperation with the Plymouth Township Police Department, will hold an all-day fund-raiser at the Plymouth Township Burger King, 409 W. Ridge Pike, Conshohocken. Brooke said 20 percent of receipts benefit the Fox Children's Fund.
2. Jimmy John’s, at 101 Fayette St., Conshohocken, Pa. 19428 will take 100 percent of sales made at the Conshohocken store from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. and donate them to Fox Children's Fund.
According to a Facebook item, “An employee of the Conshohocken Jimmy John's was in a bad accident in Plymouth a few months ago, and Officer Brad Fox was one of the officers on scene that helped him out. Guy got flown to UPenn & was in a coma for a bit, but made a full recovery. So now, he wants to ‘pay it forward.’”
We have received a number of calls from people who want to donate to the Fox Children’s Fund, but need the address. Here it is:
Fox Children’s Fund
661 Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, Pa. 19462