An Easter treat

Ed Leigh and grand­son Johnny Pawlowski, 2, thank the High­way Patrol Mo­tor­cycle Drill Team for the East­er din­ner de­livered to their home in hon­or of Johnny’s fath­er, Of­ficer John Pawlowski, who was murdered in 2009. MARIA POUCH­NIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

— Fam­il­ies of fallen or in­jured po­lice of­ficers get a spe­cial de­liv­ery of pre-East­er feasts.


Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 5 and at­tor­ney James Binns last week or­gan­ized a mo­tor­cycle cara­van that de­livered full-course East­er din­ners to the fam­il­ies of 11 po­lice of­ficers killed or ser­i­ously in­jured in the line of duty.

The FOP and Binns have been donat­ing din­ners to the fam­il­ies dur­ing the East­er, Thanks­giv­ing and Christ­mas hol­i­days since 2008. They are joined by Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment of­fi­cials and the city high­way patrol mo­tor­cycle drill team, along with 100 uni­formed mo­tor­cycle po­lice of­ficers from throughout the tri-state area.

John McNesby, pres­id­ent of FOP Lodge 5, also sponsored a break­fast for riders and com­mand­ers at Sunnybrook Golf Club in Ply­mouth Meet­ing.

The de­liv­er­ies were made on April 4-5 to the fam­il­ies of the fol­low­ing of­ficers:

• Wal­ter Barclay, who was shot and para­lyzed by a burg­lary sus­pect in Ol­ney in 1966. He died of com­plic­a­tions of the wound in 2007.

• John Pawlowski, who was shot to death in Feb­ru­ary 2009 dur­ing a dis­pute between two men at Broad Street and Ol­ney Av­en­ue.

• John Marynow­itz, who was shot and crit­ic­ally in­jured in 1993 in West Oak Lane when he and part­ner Robert Hayes stopped a gypsy cab that was driv­en by an il­leg­al im­mig­rant from Haiti and con­tained drugs. Hayes was killed.

• Patrick Mc­Don­ald, of Mor­rell Park, who was shot to death in North Phil­adelphia in Septem­ber 2008 by 27-year-old Daniel Gid­dings, a pa­rolee whose life of vi­ol­ent crime star­ted when he was 10.

• An­drew Stack­wicz, a 22nd Po­lice Dis­trict ser­geant and East Tor­res­dale res­id­ent who died of a heart at­tack in Oc­to­ber 2008 some­time after a foot pur­suit in North Phil­adelphia.

• Chuck Cas­sidy, who was shot to death in the fall of 2007 after he in­ter­rup­ted an armed rob­bery at a West Oak Lane Dunkin’ Donuts.

• Timothy Simpson, a Holme Circle res­id­ent who was killed in Port Rich­mond in Novem­ber 2008 when his squad car was struck by a stolen car whose driver was elud­ing po­lice. The sus­pect, Wil­li­am Foster, pleaded guilty to third-de­gree murder and was sen­tenced to 19 to 40 years in pris­on.

• Steph­en Liczb­in­ski, who was shot to death in May 2008 in Port Rich­mond while try­ing to ap­pre­hend bank rob­bers.

• Gary Sker­ski, the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer shot to death in 2006 dur­ing the armed rob­bery of a North­wood bar.

• Joseph L. Szczerba, a New Castle County (Del.) Po­lice De­part­ment lieu­ten­ant who died of a stab wound to the neck while strug­gling with a sus­pect last Septem­ber.

• Chris Jones, a Middletown po­lice of­ficer who was struck and killed on Route 1 in Janu­ary 2009 while mak­ing a traffic stop. ••

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