Fairway shoppers boost police department

FI-PoliceAfter the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Greenwich Police Department was one of the many who vowed to “never forget.” Now the public can help that effort by simply doing their grocery shopping.

On Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 4 to 10 p.m. there will be a special fund-raiser held at Fairway Market in Stamford to help get a police motorcycle ready as a tribute to first responders.

The department has been an active participant in the annual America’s 911 Ride where motorcyclists travel from “ground zero” in New York City and Shanksville, Pa., to the Pentagon in Washington D.C., the three sites of the plane crashes during the terrorist attacks. The ride honors America’s first responders, many of whom died while responding to the attacks in Manhattan when the World Trade Center collapsed, while many more suffered physical and psychological damage.

In 2011, the department was awarded a new police motorcycle as part of a raffle at the event and it will be painted and decorated and then displayed as a tribute to all the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001. This will be an elaborate design and it will be expensive so the department needed some outside help.

That’s where shoppers at Fairway come in. Between 4 and 10 p.m. on Sept. 25, the store will donate 25% of all registered shoppers’ receipts to the Greenwich Police Department for this tribute. The money will be given to the department’s Silver Shield Association for the project. Once done, the bike will be on display in the lobby of the Public Safety Complex and will also be brought to various town events and schools.

The store is at 699 Canal Street in Stamford and more information is available online at Fairwaymarket.com.

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