Families of Philly's fallen police officers gather for annual memorial breakfast

Mike DeNardo
November 21, 2018 - 12:30 pm
Philadelphia's law enforcement community brought together 40 families of officers killed in the line of duty for their annual holiday survivors' breakfast on Wednesday.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Thanksgiving can be a bittersweet holiday for those left behind after an officer is killed. 

Philadelphia's law enforcement community brought together 40 families of officers killed in the line of duty for their annual holiday survivors' breakfast on Wednesday.

At FOP headquarters in Northeast Philly, the breakfast is a way of reminding the families that the police department hasn't forgotten them.  

"They're all sharing — every one of these families is sharing a common bond that I don't know about — and I hope I never have to know about. I mean, they've lost a loved one servicing their community," Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby said.

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro says this is an opportunity to acknowledge the sacrifices police families make.

"As we gather around our tables tomorrow, there will be tables with an empty chair because these heroes went into dangerous situations to keep us safe," Shapiro said.

Judy Cassidy, whose husband Chuck was killed in the line of duty 11 years ago, said she appreciated the Thanksgiving gesture.

"I am thankful for a lot. I've lost a lot in my life. But what we had — I'm grateful for what we had," she said.

She says events like this are meaningful for her, because it means people still remember Chuck.