By John McDevitt
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A new scholarship fund has been created for young children of Philadelphia Police killed or permanently injured in the line of duty.
The non-profit organization Philadelphia Police Foundation formed in 1999 by civic and corporate leaders as a “force behind the shield” to help raise funds not included in the city budget for equipment, programs and training for officers.
Maureen Rush is board President of the Philadelphia Police Foundation. She says the a new fund called Children of Police Scholarship or Cops Fund will enable police families to send their children to the Philadelphia schools of their choice should something happen to their mom or dad in the line of duty.
“To make sure that every time a woman or man puts on their uniform that not only are they making sure they are wearing their ballistic vest that we also helped raise money for but they are going to have another vest they are going to have the Cops Fund vest for their families and they are going to know if god forbid something happens to them whether they are killed or they are injured to a point where they cannot work that their family doesn’t have to suffer because they went out and did some brave act,” said Rush.
Contributions are being excepted for the Cops Fund. For more information, visit: phillypolicefoundation.org.