Now available for purchase are those memorial T-shirts that Matt McIntyre promised to produce in honor of slain Philly cop John Pawlowski.
Matt, you might recall from my column about him last month, is a Northeast Philly resident who works full-time at the Kimmel Center as a stage carpenter and part-time as an un-paid fund-raiser for the families of fallen Philadelphia police officers.
Known as "That T-Shirt Fund-Raiser Guy," Matt's title isn't one he ever planned for or wanted. But what began as a simple effort, back in 2006, to sell T-shirts as a fund-raiser for the family of slain cop Gary Skerski has sadly morphed into a bigger operation, as the city has since buried another six officers killed in the line of duty.
Matt tells me that the shirts that honor Pawlowski are Union/American-made, navy blue with a gold-and-white print. A large version of the print is on the back of the shirt; a smaller image is displayed on the front left breast.
Long sleeve shirts go for $20.00 each; short-sleeve, $15.00. After costs, 90% of the profits will go to the Pawlowski family, 10% to the FOP Survivors Fund.
Matt's among the nicest, most naturally generous people I've ever had the pleasure to meet and write about. May his big heart never, ever again be called into action on behalf of a cop's grieving family.
To purchase a shirt or learn more about how to order, contact Matt directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.