In addition to repairing potholes and street lights, collecting and recycling garbage and yard waste, managing stormwater, and maintaining a sanitary sewer system for 16,000 people, the Plymouth Township, Pa., Public Works Department cares for the community’s police vehicles. So when Officer Brad Fox was shot and killed a year ago while pursuing a gunman, employees wanted to honor their fallen co-worker.
“A member of our family died that day,” says public works director Christopher Loschiavo.
Ed Lowery and Jim Schultz visited the spot where Fox was killed, a rail embankment above the Schuylkill River Trail, and proposed building a memorial there. With the help and approval of the township council, police department, Montgomery County officials, Peco Energy, and Fox’s family, that’s what they did.
Many of the costs for materials were donated by local businesses; the rest was funded by public works. The township also approved a resolution that public works will maintain the site in perpetuity.
“This memorial will be forever maintained by us as a reminder of how precious life is and the incredible sacrifices that are made by police officers every day,” Loschiavo says. Fox was killed the day before his 35th birthday and left behind a wife and two young children.
“Our team always goes above and beyond,” says Loschiavo. “They are individual leaders who have great respect and admiration for their fellow workers. They take complete ownership for what they do every day, and as a result, they try to leave their indelible mark by making a difference in community.”