By Mike Dougherty
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Fraternal Order of Police isn’t wasting any time in showing their support for the family of fallen Philadelphia highway patrol officer Brian Lorenzo. All of the proceeds from a fundraiser held in Northeast Philly Friday will go directly to Brian’s wife and kids.
Current and retired officers, friends, and people who just want to show their support paid a $25 cover to get in to the benefit at the Egg Nest on the Boulevard.
“Everyone here has lost a piece of themselves.”
Chief inspector Tony Boyle says it’s the department’s responsibility now to provide for Brian’s family.
“He’s got a 4-year-old little guy that is going to need us,” Boyle said. “This is our way to, you know, shout up to heaven that we love him.”
FOP Treasurer John Ruane is happy to see so many people here, having a drink in Brian’s honor.
“If I were killed in the line of duty, I would want this for my co-workers for my family. I worked the streets with Brian,
Brian would want us to celebrate his life in this manner.”
Ruane says they collected more than $14,000 before the event even started.
“Everybody out here is here to raise money so that his family can be a little more comfortable and realize that they’re still part of our family.”