PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police hosted a breakfast this morning. The guests of honor were the families of officers killed in the line of duty.
Ann Skerski’s husband Gary was killed in 2006. She says this is a difficult time of year for the families.
“Nobody ever wants to be a member of the group, but it’s nice to know that you have each other. We’re thankful for that.”
FOP President John McNesby says it’s important to let the families know help is only a phone call away, and events like this help keep everybody close.
“It shows that they’re not forgotten and the officers out there still care.”
Commissioner Charles Ramsey says this is also a benefit for the men and women who put their lives in danger every day.
“I think it sends a strong message to all of our officers that if something should happen to them, they aren’t going to be forgotten and their families will be taken care of.”
He says the shooting yesterday was just the latest reminder that officers never know what’s coming on a given day.