Chestnut Hill Community Association President Laura Lucas and Julie Byrne, CHCA committee chair of Pastorius Park Free Summer Concerts, present a check for $650 to Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel and members of Chestnut Hill’s Engine 37. From left: Troy Truesdale, Julie Byrne, Laura Lucas, Ernie Holley, Captain Timothy Gough, Kevin Thompson, Walt Faber, Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel, William Scruggs and Doug Knauer. (Photo by Sue Ann Rybak)

by Sue Ann Rybak

On Sept. 8, the Chestnut Hill Community Association presented a check for $650 to Local 22 of the Philadelphia firefighters and medics union Widows Fund at Chestnut Hill’s Engine 37, and a check for $650 to FOP Lodge #5 Survivors Fund at the 14th Police District , 43 W. Haines St. in Germantown. The money was collected at the CHCA’s July 19th Pastorius Park Concert.

Capt. John Hearn, of the 14th Police District, expressed his gratitude at the check presentation.

“The supervisors and officers assigned to the 14th District greatly appreciate the donation to the survivor’s fund of the FOP Lodge #5 by the Chestnut Hill Community Association and are thankful that the members of the community remember our fallen heroes and their families,” Hearn said. “Our partnerships between the police and the community are integral in our hopes and desires to make Philadelphia safer for everyone. We cherish this relationship with all our partners from Chestnut Hill.”

Capt. Timothy Gough, of Engine 37,  also thanked the Chestnut Hill Community Association for continuing to support the members of Engine 37 and other firefighters.

“The money raised by these organizations goes directly to helping support our widows,” he said. “Some of the widows that we support only survive on $500 dollars a month. These fundraisers are vital in literally providing these widows with food and shelter. On behalf of the entire Fire Department Family, I again want to thank the community for all of their support.”

Chestnut Hill Community Association President Laura Lucas said the CHCA was “honored” to make the donations to the police and firefighters survivor funds.

“We know how special these causes are to their hearts,” Lucas said. “We appreciate their partnership and how they look out for this community day in and day out. They are everyday heroes who we don’t take for granted.”