Brother In Need! Can You Help?

In this season of giving we have a brother in need of your help. Trooper Neil Gearhart, PASP while working the midnight shift this morning learned that his house in Huntingdon, Pa was on fire. By the time he got home nothing was left but the foundation. Neil has a wife and three kids, two boys and a girl, ages 14, 10 and 8. All were able to get of the house safely, but only with the clothes on their backs.

His station, the Newville PASP Station will organize any collection and coordinate delivery to Neil and his family. Anything you can do to help out will be cherished.

The following information is furnished, requesting it be shared with your fellow employees on behalf of the Commanding Officer, Troop T, Highspire:

Troop T Headquarters and Troop T, Stations will be the drop-off points for any donations to assist Trooper Neil Gearhart, a member of the Troop T, Newville Station, and his family with the tragic loss they suffered this morning when fire destroyed their home and all its contents.

Lt. Richard L. Dressler II, Troop T, Central Patrol Section Commander will be the Point of Contact. Lt. Dressler may be contacted at 717-776-3135.

The following information is furnished relative to donations of clothing:

Member Neil Gearhart, XXL – Shirt, 38-40 waist/32 inseam – slacks, 12 – Shoes
His Wife, Size 6-8, 7 – shoe

Their children:
14 year old son, XL – Shirt, 32-33 waist/32-33 inseam, 12 1/2 – Shoes
10 Year Old Daughter, Size 12-14, 7 1/2– shoe
8 year old son, Size 10-12, 7 – Shoes

Your assistance in spreading the word is appreciated; thank you so much in advance on behalf of the Troop T Commander.

Funeral Arrangements for Louis Bell

The arrangements for retired Police Officer Louis Bell are completed. They will all be on Saturday, April 30, 2011.

All services will be at the Saint Peter the Apostle Catholic RC Church, on 5th Street south of Girard Ave

Viewing: 8:30AM to 10:30M-closed coffin

Mass: 10:30am

Interment:  immediately following at the Greenmount Cemetery, Front and Luzerne Streets

Repast: FOP Lodge 5 after the burial

Funeral Arrangements for Gloria Ramp

It is with profound sadness that FOP President John  McNesby wishes to announce that Gloria Ramp, sister of Hero Police Officer James Ramp passed away today at Holy Redeemer Hospital.

Please keep her family, her nephew, James and his family in mind at this unfortunate time. Gloria, never got over her brother’s death; attended all the court proceeding and kept memorabilia from that time. She is a true friend of the Philadelphia Police.

Her services will all be on Saturday, February 19, 2011, with the viewing and Mass, at the Saint Joseph’s Manor Nursing Home Chapel, 1616 Huntingdon Pike, Meadowbrook, Pa 19046

Viewing: 9-9:45AM

Mass: 10AM

Interment: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery

Please note that Saint Joseph’s Manor is adjacent to the Holy Redeemer Hospital, south of the hospital on Huntingdon Pike.

Funeral Arrangements for Retired Detective Patricia Aster

ON 4-20-2011

Viewing: THURSDAY 4-28-11 8:00 A.M – 10:00 A-M.

Services: THURSDAY 4-28-2011  10:30 A.M.
2319 S. 3RD STREET


FYI her father was George Mitchell, a Police Officer assigned to the 34th District, killed in the line of duty on 12-31-1949. A hero plaque was done for him in 2008 at 1808 West Berks Street.

Funeral Arrangements for Sergeant Stephen M. Naughton

Sgt. Naughton passed suddenly on Tuesday, May 31, 2011.

Friday, June 3, 2011
6pm to 9pm
Immaculate Heart of Mary R.C. Church
819 Cathedral Rd.
Philadelphia, PA 19128
(east of Ridge Avenue-street at the Ridge Avenue/Henry Avenue merger along the shopping center)

Saturday, June 4, 2011
9:30am to 10:45am
Saint Phillip Neri R.C. Church
437 Ridge Pike
(1.4 miles North of Philadelphia – Ridge Avenue becomes Ridge Pike)
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444

Saturday, June 4, 2011
11:00am Mass
Saint Phillip Neri R.C. Church
437 Ridge Pike
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444

Immediately following Mass
Calvary Cemetery
Gulph and Matsonford Rd.
West Conshohocken, PA 19428

Homicide Division. Are You A Current or Former Member? Get On Board

Good morning,

The Homicide Spring Fling is rapidly approaching. In an effort to faciltate easy payment those who wish, can mail a check to the Homicide Unit instead of trying to get here to pay.

Just send a check for $20.00 made out to the HOMICIDE HOUSE FUND.  Mail the check to: Philadelphia Homicide Unit

Franklin Square
Phila, Pa 19106
ATTN: Spring Fling

Payment is appreciated before June 1st. We are trying to get a good count for catering purposes. Once again, this is a rain or shine event. 

Thanks for your cooperation


Obituary and Funeral Arrangements for Cheryl Neri

Cheryl S. Neri (nee Dupont), 49, of Downingtown, passed away on Monday, June 20, 2011 at her home, surrounded by her family.  She was the beloved wife of Les Neri, with whom she shared 25 years of marriage.

Born in Hamburg, Germany, she was the daughter of Philip and Heidi Mueller Dupont of Malvern.

She was a 1980 graduate of Great Valley High School.

Cheryl was a devoted wife and mother.  She was employed by the Upper Uwchlan Township were she served as assistant township treasurer.  She was a member of St. Elizabeth Church, and was pursuing an associate degreefrom Delaware County Community College.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by her sons, Lester and Anthony Neri, both at home; and by siblings Diane Weaver and Philip Dupont, both of Malvern, and Christa McKay of Exton.

Thursday 6-23-2011 5:00pm – 8:00pm
James J. Terry Funeral Home
736 East Lancaster Ave
Downingtown, Pa 19335

Friday 6-24-2011 9:00am – 10:30am
St Elizabeth Roman Catholic Church
100 Fellowship Road
Chester Springs, Pa 19425
(Route 100 and Fellowship Road, just north of the Village of Eagle)

Funeral Mass 11:00am
St Elizabeth Roman Catholic Church
100 Fellowship Road
Chester Springs, Pa 19425
(Route 100 and Fellowship Road, just north of the Village of Eagle)

All Souls Cemetery, Coatesville.


Update on Deputy Sheriff Shot In Berks County

Funeral services for K-9 Deputy Kyle Pagerly of the Berks County Sheriff’s Department, who was killed in the line of duty will be held on Wednesday, July 6th at the Sovereign Center, 700 Penn Street, Reading, PA  19601.  Parking for police vehicles will be available at the Sovereign Center.  The doors of the Sovereign Center will open at 0900 hours and will end at 1300 hours.

Donations are being accepted to either the Kyle Pagerly Memorial Fund or the Berks County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard Fund, Berks County Sheriff’s Department, 633 Court Street, Reading, PA  19601.


Berks deputy shot, killed in Albany Township

A law enforcement task force was on the property when gunfire erupted, officials say. A 25-year-old man with an AK-47 assault rifle also was killed.

A Berks County deputy sheriff was pronounced dead in Lehigh Valley Hospital early this morning after gunfire erupted Wednesday night while a task force was trying to arrest a man at an Albany Township residence.

The deputy, Kyle Pagerly, was flown to the hospital near Allentown after the incident in the first block of Pine Swamp Road. The suspect, Matthew Connor, 25, was shot and killed at the scene during the exchange of gunfire, state police said this morning.

According to police:

A joint detail consisting of troopers from Reading, a state police fugitive task force, U.S. marshals and Berks County sheriff’s deputies went to the residence shortly before 8 p.m. after obtaining an arrest warrant on Connor for burglary, firearms and assault charges.

As they were talking to Connor’s girlfriend, Connor ran out the back of the house and into the woods. Pagerly followed Connor, who had an AK-47 assault rifle. Pagerly ordered Connor to drop the gun before gunfire was exchanged.

Pagerly was shot in the head, according to initial reports.

He was a 2001 graduate of Wilson High School and Army veteran who had been with the sheriff’s department since 2006 and was a lieutenant in the Spring Township Fire Department, according to the sheriff’s website. Pagerly served in Kosovo and Iraq as a military policeman in the Army.

Neighbors on the rural stretch of road, which runs through the forest near Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, said Connor and his father lived on the property where the gunfire occurred.

"We have an ongoing investigation being led by state police," Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams said.

County Sheriff Eric J. Weaknecht, reached late Wednesday, was distraught and didn’t have a comment.

Gov. Tom Corbett today ordered all Pennsylvania flags in the Capitol complex and at state facilities in Berks County lowered to half-staff in honor of Pagerly.

President John McNesby and the entire membership of Lodge 5 express our deepest sympathy to the officer’s family and his police department.

Sergeant’s Test Grievance Resolved / Overnight Court Notices

The FOP has resolved the grievance regarding the review of the Written Examination for Police Sergeant. Those candidates who competed in the examination for Police Sergeant will have the opportunity to review their written examinations during the first and second weeks of June. Each candidate will receive official notification from Human Resources prior to the review.

Any officer who has received an Overnight Court Notice and has not been compensated at the proper contractual rate of 2 1/2, please contact the Lodge.

Any supervisor who has received a Counseling Memo regarding an overnight Court Notice DAR entry, please contact the Lodge.

Pension Plan Alert

If you worked for the City prior to becoming a Police Officer, and you were hired before October 1, 1992, and are currently in Pension Plan “B” there is a possibility you were placed in the incorrect Pension Plan.

This possibility only exists of you were hired to your previous City position before October, 1, 1992.

If you fall into this category, please contact Ms. Denise Cappone at the Board of Pensions (215-496-7450) or Jim Doherty at Police Personnel (215-686-3370).

Funeral Arrangements for Paul D. Morgan

Paul D. Morgan, active Police Officer, assigned to Communications (Police Radio) and a retired Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) (Reserve) passed away on Friday, October 14, 2011

His arrangement have been released and are as follows:

All services will be held at Saint John Cantius RC Church, located in Philadelphia at 4400 East Thompson Street

Viewing; Wednesday, October 19, 2011 7-9PM

Thursday, October 20, 2011 9-11AM

Religious Service: Funeral Mass 11AM

Interment: Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown, Bucks County, Pa 18940

Directions from the church follow:

1) Depart E Thompson St toward Lefevre St

Travel 0.887 miles (approx. 2 minutes 5 seconds)

2) Turn left onto Bridge St

Travel 0.311 miles (approx. 0 minute 51 seconds)

3) Take ramp left for I-95 North / Delaware Expy

Travel 33.877 miles (approx. 21 minutes 13 seconds)

4) At exit 49, take ramp right for PA-332 toward Newtown / Yardley

Travel 0.697 miles (approx. 0 minute 32 seconds)

5) Turn left onto PA-332 West / Newtown Byp

Travel 1.355 miles (approx. 1 minute 17 seconds)

6) Turn right onto Lindenhurst Rd

Travel 3.677 miles (approx. 4 minutes 21 seconds)

7) Turn left onto PA-532 / Washington Crossing Rd

Travel 0.463 miles (approx. 0 minute 50 seconds)

8) Turn right onto Highland Rd

Travel 1.147 miles (approx. 2 minutes 6 seconds)

9) Arrive at 830 Highland Rd, Newtown, PA 18940

42.414 miles (approx. 33 minutes 15 seconds