In October 2017, the Nebraska Lodge #3 of the Fraternal Order of Police partnered with the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office to participate in the Pink Patch Project, a national fundraiser for cancer charities.
FOP members sold specially designed pink patches and t-shirts for the project, which raised $3,500 for Leap-For-A-Cure.
The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office chose Omaha-based Leap-For-A-Cure as their charity in honor of three Sarpy County Deputies lost to cancer between 2011-2013: Ryan Fawcett, Rick Staack and Dave McAnulty. Both Fawcett and Staack passed away due to brain cancer.
Leap-For-A-Cure was especially meaningful to Dep. Fawcett, who served as a mentor to Heather Roberts. Roberts’ parents founded Leap-For-A-Cure in her honor. The organization partners with the Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center and the Methodist Hospital Foundation, and 100 percent of the funds raised stay in the Omaha area for awareness, education and treatment of brain cancer.
On March 6, officers from Lodge #3, along with Sheriff Jeff Davis and Chief Deputy Greg London, presented patches and a check for $3,500 to Leap-For-A-Cure founders Sue and Jon Roberts and Methodist Hospital Foundation representatives RyAnne Elsesser and Kristi Anthis.
The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office was the first Sheriff’s Office and the second agency in the state to participate in the Pink Patch Project, which began in 2015 at the Irwindale Police Department in California. For the project, Law Enforcement and Public Safety agencies design special patches, often mimicking their department patches with all pink tones, and sell and wear them in the month of October. The Pink Patch Project went nationwide in 2017, with over 130 agencies participating.
FOP Lodge #3 thanks Sheriff Davis and the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office for allowing them to participate in the project as a way to honor the memories and actions of local deputies.