The Berks County Police Heroes Fund was established in 2009 and is a qualified charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The fund has been established to erect a memorial statue honoring the seventeen (17) members of law enforcement who died in the line of duty in Berks County. The fund will also serve to render necessary financial assistance to the widows, children and families who are left with little or no support when a law enforcement officer loses his/her life or is seriously injured in the line of duty.
The Board of Directors includes representatives from law enforcement, government, businesses, and the private citizenry. The Berks County Police Heroes Fund receives its income from contributions and the continuing annual support of its donors. The Board of Trustees directs the allocation of funds .
We have received several commitments to aid us in making the fund a reality. The Berks County Commissioners are looking to aid in the funding for us. The Building and Construction Trades of Reading is providing approximately $75,000.00 in labor and material to repair the mechanical system and retention ponds. Redner's Warehouse Markets has also lent its support by donating 5% of all purchases made in their Berks County stores on Wednesday, July, 1, 2009.
While it is unfortunate, it is also a fact that too many officers die in the line of duty each year. Making sense of such a tragedy is never easy. What is certain, though, is that those who make the ultimate sacrifice for their communities and their chosen profession should never be forgotten. It is for this reason that a proper memorial is needed.
Our fallen heroes are honored with a ceremony every year in May during National Police Week.
Donations to help fulfill the goals and objectives of the Berks County Police Heores Fund are accepted on a continuing basis.