PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Former Mt. Vernon Police officer Matthew Frank was lying in a hospital bed after being shot in the line of duty in 2006 when his four-year-old son asked him why so many police officers were visiting, even ones that didn't know his father."I told him that's just what we do," said Frank. "We're there for each other. The look on his face when he understood that was just the greatest thing in the world and it gave me an idea."Frank was forced to retire after 15 years of service following the shooting, but he has always remembered the support he was given by fellow police officers during that time and decided to start an organization to bring even more aid to police officers in need.
However, it's going to cost money.Frank is putting on an auto show Sunday in Port Chester to help raise funds for the B.L.U.E. - Brothers in Law Enforcement Uniting Efforts - Foundation . The event will be held at the Marina parking lot on Abendroth Avenue with registration beginning at 9 a.m.
In addition to the auto show, there will be a police-escorted motorcycle ride from New Roc Harley-Davidson in New Rochelle to the Marina parking lot. There will also be an outdoor barbecue hosted at Churrascria Copacabana on Main Street.
Frank has put on similar events to raise money for the Shriners organization, of which he is a member along with the Freemasons . He attributes his involvement in both organizations, which have charitable affiliations, as another factor in starting the foundation.Frank said he sees the B.L.U.E. Foundation as a support network for police officers who have been injured in service and their families.
"It can just be simple things like painting the house or making sure the family has access to transportation," he said.
Frank would also like to see emotional counseling for officers dealing with the stresses of the job.
"We want this organization to be proactive, not just reactive," said Frank.
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