Arlington Police Help Local Boy Deliver 900 Toys to Children’s Hospital, Proof that Spirit of Giving Lives

Arlington Police Department
Frederick Ryan, Chief of Police
112 Mystic St.
Arlington, MA 02474

For Immediate Release

Friday, Dec. 22, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Arlington Police Help Local Boy Deliver 900 Toys to Children’s Hospital, Proof that Spirit of Giving Lives

Police Help Family that has Suffered Dual Tragedies Deliver 900 Toys to Boston Children’s Hospital

ARLINGTON — When 9-year-old Patrick Murphy’s father died last month he knew he wanted to keep his dad’s passion alive. The family’s annual toy drive would now not only be in memory of Patrick’s sister Katy, but also for his beloved father Michael.

Three years ago, Katy Murphy died at age six after a brave battle with a congenital heart condition. The family started the Katy M. Murphy Foundation and began an annual toy drive to collect gifts for sick kids at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Michael Murphy ran the toy drive and it was one of the prides of his life, but he died in November after complications during a surgical procedure.

In the face of losing his sister and now his father in such a short period of time, Patrick could have given up on many things, including the toy drive. But, he remembered the visits to the hospital to see his sister. He also remembered how proud it made his father to give back to the place that had helped their family so much. He couldn’t think of not being able to put smiles on the kids’ faces this year.

When members of the Arlington Police Department heard about the Murphy family’s tragic losses and Patrick’s bravery, officers, led by Sgt. Robert Pedrini and his wife Elizabeth, decided that they would do anything they could to help.

“This young man’s selflessness and tender heart is something we should all strive for, not only during the holidays, but any time we’re faced with a tough situation in life,” said Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan. “Not many people would be able to think about others in the situation that his mother Amiee, 3-year-old sister Riley and himself are going through. But the Murphys are an amazing family with an amazing cause.”

The Arlington Police Department served as a drop-off location for the toy drive for the past several weeks and the family’s foundation collected over 900 toys.

On Thursday, Patrick and his family, who live in Amesbury, went to the police station where Chief Ryan made Patrick an honorary police officer and Chief for a Day.

Patrick’s first command as chief was to load up all of the donated toys into a transport van and have them delivered to Children’s Hospital. Members of the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) motorcycle unit and Arlington Police officers escorted the toys from Arlington to Boston where they will be distributed to children receiving care this holiday season. 

“I’m truly proud and honored to have been a small part of this great cause, and I was very pleased to see Patrick smiling with us today (Thursday),” Sgt. Pedrini said. “We are already looking forward to seeing how we can lend a hand next year.”


P.A.A.R.I. Makes Resources From Groundbreaking National Law Enforcement Summit Available Online


John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
Frederick Ryan, Co-Chairman
186 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

P.A.A.R.I. Makes Resources From Groundbreaking National Law Enforcement Summit Available Online

GLOUCESTER — The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative is pleased to announce that it is making numerous resources from its groundbreaking National Law Enforcement Summit available online

The summit, which took place over two days earlier this month, was a first-of-its-kind meeting of law enforcement agencies committed to reversing the tide of opioid addiction. It included presentations from police leaders throughout the country and also featured remarks from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III.

The new page on the P.A.A.R.I. website features numerous resources that will benefit both law enforcement agencies that were represented at the summit​ as well as ​those who were not able to attend, but wish to build a more in-depth understanding of the work being done by other departments to alter their approach to addiction in their communities.

“It was truly inspiring to see so many people coming together to build upon the work we’ve already done to change the conversation about drug addiction,” P.A.A.R.I. Co-Founder and Chairman John Rosenthal said. “The National Law Enforcement Summit was a key moment for this movement, and we’re eager to continue helping our partners share their knowledge and experience and build upon the tremendous early successes we’ve had.” 

The site also features a large set of videos of the panel discussions and presentations from both days. 

The following organizations, agencies and individuals were among the dozens of people who shared their ideas and approaches at the summit, and whose presentations are now available online:

  • Hope Not Handcuffs (Michigan)
  • Plymouth County Outreach (Massachusetts)
  • Massachusetts Association of Health Plans
  • P.A.A.R.I. AmeriCorps Recovery Coaches
  • Chelsea Police Department (Massachusetts)
  • Essex County County Correctional Facility Detoxification Unit (Massachusetts)
  • Gloucester Police Department Angel Program (Massachusetts)
  • Dr. Sarah E. Wakeman, Massachusetts General Hospital Substance Use Disorder Initiative
  • Danny Langloss, City Manager and Retired Chief of Police in Dixon, Illinois
  • Frederick Ryan, Chief of the Arlington, Massachusetts Police Department, P.A.A.R.I. Co-Chairman and P.A.A.R.I. National Police Council Chairman

“This event helped foster a tremendous exchange of ideas and approaches that we can all learn from and use in our own communities,” Chief Ryan said. “The P.A.A.R.I. model has become a nationwide movement, and I’m thrilled by how willing our partners have been to modify their approach and accept a new role in fighting this crisis.”

To see the extensive collection of presentations and other resources from the summit, including photos, please visit


*MEDIA ADVISORY* Fairhaven Police to Participate in 7th Annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive”


Fairhaven Police Department
Kevin W. Kobza, Sergeant/PIO
1 Bryant St.
Fairhaven, MA 02719

For Immediate Release

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003


Fairhaven Police to Participate in 7th Annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive”

FAIRHAVEN — Fairhaven Police Sgt. Kevin Kobza would like to invite residents throughout the South Coast to participate in the seventh Annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive” hosted by the non-profit group Safe Zones.


Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Walmart, 42 Fairhaven Commons Way, Fairhaven


The Fairhaven Police Department will once again be teaming up with the local anti-bullying group Safe Zones for their annual toy drive. They will be collecting toys, loading them onto school buses and distributing them to children throughout the South Coast this holiday season.

“We look forward to this event every year. Having so many people in the community come out and support this fantastic cause is really great to see,” Sgt. Kobza said. “No child should go without during the holidays and this is our way of making sure that doesn’t happen.”

Those who would like to participate can drop off new, unwrapped toys to the Fairhaven Walmart parking lot on Saturday. Toys for boys and girls of all age groups will be accepted. Please, no toys that simulate weapons, such as toy guns.

“Last year we filled seven school buses with hundreds of toys. It’s certainly a labor of love,” said Safe Zones Founder Jerry Pinto said. “We encourage everyone to come out and drop off toys. Every single one of them will help put a smile on a child’s face this holiday season.”

In addition to Fairhaven, toys will also be collected on Saturday at:

  • Target, 479 State Road, Dartmouth, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Acushnet Police Department, 64 Middle Road, Acushnet, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • New Bedford Police Headquarters, 871 Rockdale Ave., New Bedford, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Toys can also be donated at police stations in Fairhaven, Dartmouth, Acushnet and New Bedford until Dec. 24.

For more information or for a pickup of five or more items, email


Tickets Still Available for the Irish American Police Officers Association Annual $10,000 Drawing

Irish American Police Officers
Association of Massachusetts
3 Brighton St.
Belmont, MA 02478


Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Tickets Still Available for the Irish American Police Officers Association Annual $10,000 Drawing

NEWTON — The Irish American Police Officers Association (IAPOA) wishes to remind the public that it will hold its annual $10,000 drawing in December. Tickets are still available!

The drawing will occur on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 440, 295 California St., Newton.

Raffle tickets are on sale for $100 each and must be purchased before the drawing. Only 300 tickets will be sold. Participants are invited to attend the drawing, which will feature dinner and a performance from the IAPOA Pipes and Drums.

The drawing is a reverse raffle that will award a $10,000 grand prize, as well as $3,000 in additional cash and other prizes, including a $1,000 prize for the raffle’s runner-up.

The $10,000 drawing is the IAPOA’s primary fundraising source for its Annual Awards Dinner, which honors police officers from throughout the region for their outstanding work and acts of heroism. Officers are recognized for a variety of categories, including investigations, valor, life-saving actions, community service efforts and humanitarian acts. The IAPOA also awards its Medal of Honor to officers who lost their lives in the line of duty during the preceding year.

Those who would like to support the event or purchase a raffle ticket may do so by emailing Credit cards will be accepted as a form of payment. You can learn more about the Association at