At last week’s Police Chiefs Association of Bucks County meeting, Yardley residents Mark and Sandi Brady presented a $10,000 check to Yardley Borough Police Department Chief Joseph Kelly to be used for the Bucks County Heroes Scholarship Fund.
The Bucks County Heroes Scholarship Fund was formed for the purpose of providing scholarships to the children of police officers, firefighters, rescue squad, correctional officers and emergency service personnel who are killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.
Kelly was shot on Aug. 18, 2021 while assisting a county probation officer on an offender check at the Yardley Commons complex. The shooter was arrested and Kelly, who suffered injuries to his ear and hand, has since recovered.
The Bradys presented the check to Kelly as a way to show their appreciation for everything law enforcement does in protecting their community, including putting themselves in harm’s way to make sure residents are safe.
Kelly thanked the Bradys, as did Yardley Mayor Chris Harding and District Attorney Matt Weintraub, who both spoke of the emotional and fateful day the chief was shot.
“We can never forget and never take for granted the risk, the actual life-or-death situations that police, from the chief all the way to every person who serves, put themselves in,” Weintraub said.