FOP prepares for fifth funeral - November 19, 2008

PHILADEPHIA - November 19, 2008 That's particularly true of the Philadelphia Fraternal order of Police as it prepares to help fund its fifth funeral in just over a year.

"We're a little bit over the negative now, we're about 40-45,000, but now we have to look at the fact that we're going to be doing this all over again." President of the FOP Lodge 5, John McNesby, said.

This process is particularly painful for McNesby who worked with Sgt. Timothy Simpson and counted him as a dear friend.

"A great family man, you can't say enough, he was one who came to work everyday and like his mom said at the hospital the other night, he ran 90 miles an hour; he's going to be missed," McNesby said.

And so, just like every other officer killed in the line of duty, Sgt. Simpson's family will get a helping hand from the FOP regardless of the financial strain on the union's Police Survivor's Fund. Numerous fundraisers have been held over the past year, but the rash of deaths has proven a rapid drain of resources.

"We want to make sure that we keep that stable and be able to provide what we need to provide for these families, to give them a little bit of comfort,"

If you'd like to make a charitable contribution to the Police Survivors Fund you can call 215-629-3600 or send it to the FOP Lodge #5, 1336 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia, 19123.

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