Police group raising funds by selling ribs

Published 8:13 pm Monday, May 23, 2011

Those still searching for the perfect Father’s Day gift may be in luck.

The local chapter of the Steve Watkins Memorial Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 57 is holding a rib sale from now until June 12 for Father’s Day weekend.

“This could be a good Father’s Day gift for some fathers who like ribs,” said Michael O’Hara, president of the FOP.

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O’Hara said tickets are being sold by members of the FOP from now until June 12. The tickets are $20 a slab, and ribs will be available to pick up on Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the upper parking lot of the Troy Police Department.

The FOP is a local chapter of a national order of law enforcement working to promote service and protection to their communities. “We are committed to the same protection and service police officers provide,” O’Hara said. “We look for what we can do as a fraternal organization to assist in helping with community events or coming to the aid of citizens within our community.”

Some of the more recent things the organization has done is displaying a safety awareness booth at the Pike County Fair and cooking at a concert that was held to support EB Johnson, who recently died of cancer.

Proceeds from the rib sale will go into a general account to assist with these types of events.

Currently, O’Hara said employees of all law enforcement agencies have representatives in the FOP. However, the group is looking to expand membership beyond just law enforcement.

“Anyone is welcome to join as an associate member. It’s for people who want to assist in helping police, as well,” O’Hara said. “We could use extra help, especially when we have an event like TroyFest.”

The membership fee for associate membership is $25 a year. The group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 11 a.m., usually at Country’s Barbeque.

O’Hara said any member of the community or law enforcement agency can contact him at the Troy Police Department to join. Residents can also contact him at the TPD at 566-0500 to purchase tickets for the rib sale.