WEST GOSHEN >> West Goshen police officers found out just how much the community cares about the service they provide when a local business stopped by to deliver pizzas to them for lunch.
Representatives of BELFOR Property Restoration of Exton delivered eight pizzas to the West Goshen Police Department Tuesday, just hours before National Night Out, which is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships throughout the country.
“We just want to give back by honoring our local police department,” said Emily Foss, a representative of BELFOR. “This is an appreciation for everything they do.”
As the pizzas were delivered, a call came in for a cardiac arrest, and two officers looked on as the piping hot pizza boxes were opened, and dashed out the door without getting a slice.
Joseph Gleason, West Goshen police chief, said his department appreciates the support from the community.
“We can’t do our job without the support of the community,” he said. “They are our eyes and ears. Most people call the cops when they have a problem. That’s true. But understand we are also there for the good stuff too. This shows a positive aspect of what we are all about.”
Police officers across the country have been under a microscope ever since cellphones with video cameras were introduced. But the overwhelming majority of officers do their job professionally, all while putting their lives on the line day after day, Gleason said.
According to statistics collected by the FBI, 118 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2016. Of these, 66 law enforcement officers died as a result of felonious acts, and 52 officers died in accidents. In addition, 57,180 officers were victims of line-of-duty assaults.
“It is a privilege and honor to recognize our dedicated law enforcement officers who bravely protect our communities 24/7,” said Sheldon Yellen, CEO of BELFOR. “The BELFOR family is delighted to provide a meal to these men and women as one small token of our gratitude and appreciation. While their incredible service never goes unnoticed, it’s important to take a moment and acknowledge the sacrifices they make to keep us all safe.”
BELFOR delivered more than 3,000 pizzas to more than 120 police departments across the nation.