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Residents create area chapter of FOP Auxiliary

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Hoping to create a way to support local law enforcement officers, a Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary is being organized. Local FOP?law enforcement officers' family members Lorrie Best, Amy Switzer, Beth Hill, Carissa Clarke, FOP?Indiana State Lodge of the FOP?Auxiliary President Julie Black, National FOP Auxiliary Grand Lodge President Beverly Crump, Mary Jo Archer, Jennifer Mace, Micah Stemm and Tina Archer recently gathered at McKinley Hill Church to organize the local chapter at Stanley Palm Lodge No. 114, Brazil.
When a law enforcement officer is injured in the line of duty, many people want to help and show support but don't know how.

"During Brazil City Patrolman Kenny Hill's accident, as with other officers recently injured during the line of duty, a lot of people wanted to help, but there wasn't an organized way to do it," organizer, and wife of Brazil City Police officer Todd Stemm, Micah Stemm recently told The Brazil Times.

"We wanted to organize a group that could do that, so there is a way to respond when officers and their family members need support the most."

A local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary is being organized at the Stanley Palm Lodge No. 114, Brazil. The national support organization is the only one of its kind that offers local support and companionship to their chapter's officers and their families. The organization also wants to bring about public awareness concerning the safety and well being of law enforcement officers through police-oriented legislation.

Micah said family members of current or past FOP law enforcement officers could be involved in the auxiliary.

"The main objective for our organization is to come together and support officers in their time of need. But, we also want to be there and celebrate in the good times as well, when they have children, graduations and birthdays," Micah said. "That is just as important. We want (officers) to know that they never walk alone, that the community supports them."

For more information, e-mail fopaux114@yahoo.com.

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