The fifth annual Fallen Officers Meals Drive Jan. 28 at Mogie’s Irish Pub is accumulating non-perishable meals to profit the Westmoreland County Meals Financial institution and St. Margaret Mary Meals Financial institution in Decrease Burrell.

The meals drive is run by volunteers, together with many lively and retired cops, to assist low-income residents and honor the neighborhood spirit of three fallen native cops: Decrease Burrell Officer Derek Kotek, New Kensington Officer Brian Shaw and Brackenridge. Chief Justin McIntyre.

Two Allegheny Township residents, Terri McClain and Leslie Ancafer Zellers, organized the occasion to assist inventory native meals banks, that are often hit arduous throughout the holidays.

McClain and Zellers are volunteers and organizers for the Officer Brian Shaw Memorial Scholarship.

“We acknowledge the significance of our legislation enforcement officers who achieve this a lot to guard and serve our communities,” they mentioned. “We determined to host a meal in reminiscence of Officer Derek Kotecki and Officer Brian Shaw to honor them and all of our legislation enforcement officers. We have now acquired the blessing of Chief McIntyre’s household so as to add his title and badge quantity to the Fallen Officer Meals Drive as properly.”

U-Haul Transferring & Storage of Decrease Burrell provides a field truck to move the donations to the meals banks. Volunteers might be within the decrease Mogie parking zone to load residents’ automobile donations into the truck. Money donations may even be accepted and might be used to buy extra non-perishable meals to donate to meals banks, Zellers mentioned.

Native police might be among the many volunteers who will assist load the meals donations, mentioned David “Mogie” Magill, proprietor of Mogie’s and fundraising coordinator for native fallen officer occasions.

“The meals drive exhibits that native legislation enforcement and the individuals who assist them care concerning the neighborhood,” he mentioned.

Mary Ann Thomas is a employees author for the Tribune-Evaluation. You possibly can contact Mary through e-mail at or through Twitter .

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