Local law enforcement agencies raise over $12,000 for police officers impacted by Hurricane Sandy | Community Spirit
Back in 2001 the National Association of Police Organizations(“NAPO”) established the NAPO relief fund to provide financial relief to officers and their families impacted by a tragedy. On Monday, January 28th, NAPO Executive Director, Bill Johnson, accepted a donation for the NAPO relief fund at the Rochester Police Locust Club.
After Hurricane Sandy devoured the coast of New York and New Jersey, local law enforcement agencies and individuals from Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse came together to raise funds for fellow officers impacted by this devastation. The campaign was started by Rochester Police Locust Club member and Rochester Police Lieutenant, Frank DiPrimo, who wanted to help fellow officers affected by Hurricane Sandy. This 45-day grass roots effort recently concluded and $12,750 was raised. Funds raised will be dispersed to police officers impacted by this devastation.
Johnson also presented a check to Sean Walsh from the Webster Police Benevolent Association, for the family of Webster Police Lieutenant and volunteer firefighter, Mike Chiapperini.
"NAPO has always been there to support our officers when tragedies happen", said Locust Club president, Mike Mazzeo. "They provided assistance when Officer Anthony DiPonzio was seriously injured and now they are reaching out to help the family of Webster's Mike Chiapperini. In appreciation, upstate New York law enforcement officers and our supporters are making a donation to NAPO's efforts to aid our fellow officers downstate, who suffered injuries and damage from Hurricane Sandy."
If you would like to contribute to the NAPO relief fund, donations can be sent to 317 South Patrick Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. For more information on the NAPO relief fund, please visit www.napo.org.
About the Rochester Police Locust Club
The Rochester Police Locust Club is a union that represents 740 law enforcement officers who work for the city of Rochester. The organization is dedicated to protecting the rights and working conditions of police officers, and to continually improving law enforcement efforts to protect and serve the citizens of Rochester. Founded in 1904, the Locust Club also has a long and rich tradition of giving back to the local community through volunteer work and charitable donations. The Rochester Police Locust Club is located at 1425 Lexington Avenue, Rochester, NY. For more information, please visit http://www.locustclub.org/