Letter: Compassion at Christmas shown

January 10, 2019

On Sunday, Dec. 23, Sussex County Lodge No. 2 of the Fraternal Order of Police sponsored a needy family with its first annual Share Your Christmas event in Millsboro. This event was made possible by an outstanding and unselfish interagency cooperative effort involving the law enforcement and emergency services community. As the president of Lodge  2, I would like to publicly convey our heartfelt thanks to the following individuals and law enforcement agencies for a job well done.

Trooper Michael Trestka coordinated Troop 4’s community outreach participation for this event. Trooper Matt Warrington of Troop 4, in his official capacity as fire chief of the Millsboro Fire Department, graciously provided emergency apparatus and a driver for Santa Claus and his helpers to deliver presents to the family. Firefighter Brian Morley of the Lewes Fire Department served as our Santa Claus for this event assisted by his family.

Capt. Greg Bennett of the Lewes Fire Department and FOP Lodge 2 member, coordinated on-scene activities in preparation for the visitation. Police Chief Floyd Toomey of the Dagsboro Police Department assigned FOP Lodge 2 member PFC Nick Disciullo to participate in the caravan of vehicles and interact with the family we selected. Steve Smyk Sr., FOP Lodge secretary, assisted with coordinating on-scene activities.

We would also like to give a special shout out to Rep. Ruth Briggs King, the Cape Gazette for their coverage, Tina from the Country Kitchen Restaurant, and Jimmy Hoppa of WBOC for contributing to this joyous event. FOP Lodge 2 Vice President Robert Dody and Assistant to the Treasurer Jerry Gibson reported that the recipient family was overwhelmed at the outpouring of compassion and generosity displayed by all in attendance.

The professionalism, organization, community-focused spirit, and genuine caring for this family made the event a huge success, and put the best foot forward for the law enforcement and emergency services community as showcased in the Cape Gazette’s pictorial in its Dec. 28 edition.

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 2 is greatly indebted to all of the participants and sincerely appreciates them taking time out from busy schedules to bring joy and holiday cheer to a family in need. I am proud to have been part of this worthwhile endeavor with such talented and caring individuals.

Robert J. Schappert III
president, Sussex County Lodge 2


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