Compassion in Action
(Pictured at left; PLEA Rep Kevin Smith assists in presenting a $5,000 check from PLEA Charities to the Westwood Community Association which is being accepted by Donna and Jerry Neill of 'Nailem'.)
It’s better to give than to receive.
No one has ever become poor by giving.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.
These quotes are consistent with reality. They’re true. But the edge of truth becomes even sharper when the words are combined with actions. When hearers become doers, phenomenal things can happen. Compassion is a great thing, but without action it’s insufficient. Action makes the difference.
The holiday season we enjoy at Christmastime is always an opportunity to meet needs through generosity and giving – action. A commendation for PLEA members is certainly in order as a December overview shows their compassion. Phoenix Police Officers and Detectives engaged PLEA Charities to care for community and provide for police by giving cash gifts of over $40,000. When one thinks of gifts, Christmas can quickly come to mind. Here are some of the many charitable donations given by PLEA members in 2009.
- A gift to assist a community family who lost an 11 month old through a tragic accident.
- A gift to help a community family with a 2 year old child battling leukemia whose father had just lost their job.
- A gift to St. Vincent De Paul in support of feeding the needy in our community.
- A gift to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Youth Assistance Foundation to assist needy children.
- A gift to the Westwood Community Association in support of their annual Marc Atkinson Kid Street Park Christmas party for neighborhood children.
- A gift to support the wife and family of slain Phoenix Police Officer Tom Rabjohn.
- A gift to the Phoenix Police Foundation in support of an event to honor the military service of all sworn and civilian police employees.
- A gift to the Teleos Prep Academy to assist low-income families in our inner-city community by purchasing shoes and shirts for the 3rd and 4th grade running club as well as paying for physical examinations by medical personnel.
- A gift to print Most Vulnerable Adult Cards for patrol to assist officers who contact adults in our community dealing with dementia issues.
- A gift to support a police family whose 12 year old daughter was killed in a traffic accident.
- A gift to pay for repairs on a neighborhood association van.
- A gift to South Mountain Precinct Officers to cover travel expenses at the National Police Memorial Week in which Phoenix Police Officer Shane Figueroa was recognized for his line-of-duty death.
- A gift to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
- A gift for an Easter party at the Marc Atkinson Kid Street Park.
- A gift to support the CBS 5 Red Badge Emergency Pack Program.
- A gift to help a patrol officer whose wife died leaving him to care for a newborn infant as a single parent.
- A gift to assist a community family who was the victim of a home invasion by replacing and installing a new front door in their trailer.
- A gift to support the Foundation for Service Dog Support Inc. to train students in training dogs to be used for injured police, fire, and military personnel.
Here’s why, Phoenix Police Officers are leaders – they serve, support, help, and assist others. They meet needs. Leaders are committed to the success and welfare of others. I believe this handful of highlighted gifts from PLEA members clearly demonstrate they’re servant leaders who are motivated out of compassion and make a difference with action. The donations that PLEA members have given through PLEA Charities certainly set a bright tone in a hard world this holiday season.
Merry Christmas and God bless.
A Christmas Message from PLEA
Patrol Rifle Update
Patrol Rifle operators who attended the quarterly training session on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 had a pleasant surprise waiting for them. Those who were carrying the originally issued full sized, twenty inch heavy barrel Colt AR15 had brand new rifles waiting to be picked up, prepared, and put through their paces on the range so they could be deployed on the street. The Department was able to order and receive a number of Colt model LE6920 Law Enforcement Carbines.
Seventy-two of them will go out to the precincts for Patrol Rifle operators. These rifles have sixteen inch barrels, a flat top receiver to facilitate the mounting of approved optics, and collapsible stocks. The new variant should come as a welcome relief to those who were used to the standard 20" heavy barrel fixed stock versions that had previously been issued.
PLEA would like to personally acknowledge the following individuals for their efforts: Lt. Jim Burgett and his rifle staff – Sgt. Brett Draughn, Officers Jack Villa, Pat Crouse, and Mark Nelson, Property Management Bureau Lieutenant Scott Sowerwine and Detective Stacie Dergie for identifying the rifles which needed replacement and Commander Gail Kavanagh for facilitating the process.
PLEA would also like to acknowledge those members of the Command Staff who helped facilitate the process, which was truly a team effort.
Grenade out Wickenburg Way
On Saturday November 28, 2009 DPS conducted a traffic stop at a McDonalds restaurant in Wickenburg where a hand grenade was disocvered in possession of a subject later determined to be an illegal alien. DPS later reported the device was inert but could be made active.
Councilman Lauds Success of Block Party
Phoenix City Councilman Mike Johnson recently sat down with Ann Malone, President of the Indian School City Wide Coalition on Phoenix Channel 11 to discuss the success of the 2nd Annual Indian School Corridor Block Party held Saturday November 8, 2009. It is estimated that over 25,000 citizens participated in the event and over $30,000 was raised for PLEA Charities. Watch the interview below.
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