Police Benevolence

This month’s greening of Pasacreta Park shined a spotlight on both the Riverside Avenue hideaway and its namesake, a much-loved police captain who died at age 50.

Many volunteers helped turned the park into a place of beauty; many donors’ dollars helped too.  Among the contributors was the Westport Police Benevolent Association.  That’s natural — Eugene Pasacreta was one of their own.

Westport PBAIt’s natural too that the PBA donated $6,000 for the renovation of Luciano Park.  That spot — across from Jasmine Restaurant, adjacent to the railroad station parking lot — is also named for a beloved cop who died too young (former chief Sam Luciano).

But the PBA does much more than hand money to parks named for policemen.  In just the past 3 years, the organization has helped fund:

  • Field of  Dreams
  • The American Cancer Society
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Camperships through Westport’s Human Services Department
  • Governor’s Horse Guard
  • March of Dimes
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • Sportsmen of Westport
  • Hole in the Wall Gang
  • St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
  • The Hundred Club of Connecticut (for families of cops killed in the line of duty)
  • Special Olympics
  • Staples Gridiron Club
  • Westport Rotary Club
  • PAL
  • At least a dozen police officers, firefighters and EMTs who were injured or ill (including $5,000 to an officer with a tumor; they then raised an additional $12,000 for her at a fundraiser)

In addition, the PBA:

  • Donated a new bike and helmet for a local teenager
  • Collected donations for veterans in hospitals
  • Collected toys for kids each holiday season
  • Paid for Westport Inn accommodations for a cross-country bike rider
  • Provided Halloween glow sticks to children
  • Helped pay for their own Honor Guard’s new uniforms

There’s more.   But you get the idea.

The Police Benevolent Association is one of Westport’s most consistent, lowest-profile benefactors.  Think of that the next time you get a low-key appeal for funds.

Or they pull you over for yapping on your cell phone.

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