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NFL Players Find Way to Give Back to Police

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

December 16, 2009

PITTSBURGH, PA – Wearing a red Santa hat and his trademark grin, Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward brought a bag full of GPS units to the Pittsburgh police Highland Park station Tuesday morning.

Ward and six other players presented the 28 navigational units to the Zone 5 station, which lost three officers in a shooting this year.

“We want to give back to the community and give the police officers something to smile about, because it’s been a rough year for them,” Ward said.

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With him were Charlie Batch, James Farrior, Keyaron Fox, Ramon Foster, Dennis Dixon and Andre Frazier.

Each of the players donated money to help buy the units, said Jack Kearney, Allegheny County Sheriff’s lieutenant and chief of security for the Steelers. Ward sponsored a June softball tournament to raise additional money to cover the more than $3,000 cost, Kearney said.

“This will help our officers, because even if you work in the same zone for years, you might not know the name of every little street and alley, and this will help them get to scenes faster,” Chief Nate Harper said.

Relatives of Officers Eric G. Kelly, Stephen J. Mayhle and Paul J. Sciullo II were present for the donation. The three were killed responding to a domestic disturbance in Stanton Heights on April 4.

“God bless them for doing this for these officers,” said Sciullo’s mother, Sue. Mayhle’s wife, Shandra, and Kelly’s wife, Marena, also were at the ceremony.

“This is an honor for us to do this,” Ward said. “It’s a very small token of our appreciation.”

Jill King Greenwood can be reached via e-mail or at 412-321-2160.


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    whitechocolate

    over 4 years ago

    666 Comments

    i dont like the steelers but i am now a hines ward fan that was a great jester for him and his friends

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    SERT0629

    over 4 years ago

    474 Comments

    Classy act...nice to see them doing the right thing when most of them are usually on the other side.
    Good job.

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    theshieldman2000

    over 4 years ago

    578 Comments

    I know there plenty of steeler fans down here in West -by-God Virginia. Thanks guys!!!

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    blucas80

    over 4 years ago

    1002 Comments

    Very classy act!

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    mudpuppynj

    over 4 years ago

    384 Comments

    Many NFL players in various cities do unselfish deeds and donate to various causes. It is nice to see some of the Steelers donating to LE. Kudos to Big Ben for donating the funds for a K9 to each road city. Nice to see positive news about NFL players in the community.

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    Whalewatcher

    over 4 years ago

    11194 Comments

    I would love to see each NFL team do something similar to this for P.D.s in their respective areas. Thanks to the Steelers players for their generosity; it's a refreshing change from the negative stories involving pro sports athletes heard and seen more and more these days.

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    ddennis90

    over 4 years ago

    140 Comments

    I am glad to see that at least some of the professional football players hearts and minds are in the right place. Way to go fellas, you did something that you should be proud of. I only wish there were more people like you guys out there. God bless you and yours, have a merry Christmas.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    This is a class act right here. These players deserve respect for their action of working with the police instead of making excuses and working against them.

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    Swatdog381

    over 4 years ago

    160 Comments

    Way to go guys. Marry christmas to all.

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    Omarra67

    over 4 years ago

    2284 Comments

    I am SO impressed! What a fantastic thing to do!

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    APDSARGE

    over 4 years ago

    1064 Comments

    Class Act!

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    42238 Comments

    What a great way to show appreciation law enforcement. This kind of stuff needs to catch and spread.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    These players are to be commended

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    Archangel72

    over 4 years ago

    534 Comments

    Very nice! Glad to see these guys donate to a good cause!

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    Kath

    over 4 years ago

    1812 Comments

    Awesome!

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