As we approach this Veterans' Day, all of us with FOP Lodge 2 want to pay tribute to our military veterans and the many law enforcement professionals who also have served in the military.
Thank you for your commitment to keeping our communities safe and to protecting the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.
So far this year in the United States, more than 280 police officers have been shot in the line of duty. Our profession has seen 196 line of duty deaths in 2022, including three law enforcement professionals gunned down in Arizona. Another Arizona peace officer lost his life to COVID-19 contracted on the job.
Every American who puts his or her life on the line in service to our country is in our thoughts and our hearts on Veterans' Day.
Thank you, one and all, for your service and your commitment to public safety.
Phoenix Fop Lodge 2
PHOENIX – The Fraternal Order of Police conducted a day of fundraising for the family of a fallen Phoenix police officer.
We collected both money and diapers at FOP Lodge 2 — located at 12851 N. 19th Ave., at Sweetwater.
Officer Travis Murphy was gunned down in the line of duty in May, leaving behind a wife and two young children.
His widow is left behind to deal with both the loss of her husband and a significant loss of the family’s income.
“Our goal is to try and raise some money to kind of tide them over and help them out — and, not worry about the mortgage payment and things like that — until they can get back on their feet and live some kind of a normal life again,” said Phoenix Police Officer Dave Hopkins.
The FOP served breakfast, lunch and dinner for a $5 donation.
Murphy’s widow, Danielle, was among those at the pasta dinner that raised more than $38,000 to support the couple’s two young children, Kailee, 2, and infant Cody. The officer’s baby boy was born just two weeks before he was shot and killed during a suspicious-vehicle stop in central Phoenix. The lodge traditionally hosts fundraisers for officers killed or injured in the line of duty.