Toepel Recognizes Local Hero Brad Fox at State Capitol
5/6/2013

House Resolution 276 honors the fallen Plymouth Township police officer

 
In the presence of the fallen Plymouth Township police officer Brad Fox’s family, friends, law enforcement comrades and Montgomery County leaders, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously passed a resolution authored by Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) which recognized the local hero for his public service.

HARRISBURG – In the presence of the fallen Plymouth Township police officer Brad Fox’s family, friends, law enforcement comrades and Montgomery County leaders, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously passed a resolution authored by Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) which recognized the local hero for his public service.

“Our cherished freedoms and liberties would not exist without the sweat and blood of some 800,000 professionals whose simple motto is: ‘To protect and to serve,’” said Toepel. “Unfortunately, Plymouth Township, Montgomery County, and all of Pennsylvania lost a hero when Officer Fox was tragically killed in the line of duty on Sept. 13, 2012, the eve of his 35th birthday.”

House Resolution 276 recognized that Fox’s public service exceeded his five years with the Plymouth Township Police Department. He was a staff sergeant in the United States Marines for 10 years and completed two tours overseas. He was deployed to Iraq in 2003, then served from 2005-06 in Fallujah.

He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Presidential Unit Citation, Selected Marine Corps. Reserve Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

Beyond his brave public service titles, however, Fox was also a dedicated husband, father, son, friend and teammate. In attendance at today’s presentation were Fox’s wife, Lynsay; his parents, Tom and Kathy; his father-in-law, Mark Matozzi; Plymouth Township Chief of Police Joseph Lawrence; Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman; Plymouth Township Council President Sheldon Simpson; council member Dean Eisenberger; as well as officers from the Plymouth Township Police Department.

“Officer Fox’s legacy will live on through the memories of his loved ones, the lives of his two beloved children, his many accomplishments in his service to his country and also in the law books,” said Toepel, author of a straw purchasing law now in effect in Pennsylvania. “Pennsylvania now has a tougher law, dubbed ‘The Brad Fox Law’ in his honor – to prosecute individuals who illegally put guns in the hands of criminals.”

Fox, along with four other law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2012, were also remembered at today’s 20th annual Fraternal Order of Police Pennsylvania State Lodge’s annual memorial service at the Forum Auditorium in Pennsylvania’s Capitol Complex. More than a dozen state leaders were in attendance at the ceremony, including Gov. Tom Corbett and Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

House Resolution 178, sponsored by Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery), recognized the five Pennsylvania police officers who were killed in the line of duty last year. Those police officers included:

• Trooper First Class Blake T. Coble, Pennsylvania State Police, Oct. 4, 2012.
• Officer Brad Fox, Plymouth Township Police Department, Sept. 13, 2012.
• Officer Moses Walker, Jr., Philadelphia Police Department, Aug. 18, 2012.
• Officer Brian Lorenzo, Philadelphia Police Department, July 8, 2012.
• Officer Avery Freeman, Chester Police Department, April 30, 2012.

The deaths of these law enforcement officers made a total of 731 officers who, through the year 2012, made the ultimate sacrifice since the beginning of law enforcement within the Commonwealth. A Venango County constable who died in April 1825 is believed to be the first officer to have given his life in the line of duty in Pennsylvania.

Family members of the fallen police officers placed flowers on the memorial wreath in honor of the officers. They also were presented with medals of ultimate sacrifice in honor of their loved ones and the bravery they displayed in serving their local communities, the state and the nation.

Each year, the “National Police Memorial Day” is held on May 15, and the week containing May 15 is celebrated as “National Police Week.” Toepel’s presentation of House Resolution 276 in the House chamber can be found on her YouTube channel at YouTube.com/RepToepel.

For more legislative information, visit Toepel’s website at RepToepel.com or follow her legislative Facebook at Facebook.com/RepToepel.

Representative Marcy Toepel
147th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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