Officer Harold L. Vitale Memorial Fund, Inc.

Aug. 5, 2019 Vitale Memorial Fund To Recognize Officers Gannon - Yarmouth & Chesna - Weymouth And Special Recognition To www.makeourschoolssafe.org Champion Lori Alhadeff, Parkland, FL, Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS

The Officer Vitale Memorial Fund is recognizing Yarmouth Sgt Sean Gannon and Weymouth Sgt. Michael Chesna for their ultimate sacrafice at our August 5, 2019 Golf Tournament.  Read more about both officers on the links below.  In addition the tournament was especially pleased to make a significant grant to www.makeourschoolssafe.org:

https://www.odmp.org/officer/23653-sergeant-sean-mcnamee-gannon

On April 12, 2018 Sergeant Sean Gannon was shot and killed while assisting with a warrant service.  Sgt. Gannon and his K9 partner, Nero, were searching the home and located the wanted man, the man opened fire, fatally wounding Sgt. Gannon and wounding Nero.  Sergeant Gannon served the Yarmouth Police Department for 7-1/2 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, brother and sister.

https://odmp.org/officers/23723-sergeant-michael-charles-chesna

On July 15, 2018 Sgt Chesna was shot and killed with his own service revolver after responding to a report of an erratic driver.  Upon arrival the suspect had crashed the vehicle and was observed vandalizing a home.  He engaged the suspect who dislodged the officers weapon shooting him at point blank range  Sgt Chesna was a US Army veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart.  He is survived by his wife and 2 children.

www.makeourschoolssafe.org

The Fund will also feature special guest Lori Alhadeff, champion and founder of the organization Make Our Schools Safe.  Lori is the mother or Alyssa Alahdeff who along with 16 other "Angels" was killed in the Feb. 14, 2018 tragic shooting in Parkland Florida at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  Lori is a tireless advocate for changes in the existing laws in order to provide better protection for school safety.  On Feb 16 NJ Gov. Murphy signed A764 known as Alyssa's Law requiring all NJ public shcools to install silent panic alarms or alternative approved mechanisms alerting law enforcement during an active shooter emergency.

BREAKING NEWS.....Sept. 2019

Sept. 1, 2019, the Vitale Memorial Fund announced that it was awarding www.makeourschoolssafe.org a $12,000 Grant from part of the proceeds from their 25th Annual Golf Tournament.  Said Nick Vitale, "I feel fortunate to have had the pleasure of meeting Lori when I traveled to Parkland to present my company's cutting edge school safety software solution, InForce911 Technology, LLC.  I could immediately sense how committed Lori was to making a difference in school safety and I convinced that my late Uncle's Foundation would be able to make an impact and help to further her cause while honoring the spirit of both Alyssa Alhadeff and my late Uncle Harold.  This is very gratifying and proud of what we were able to accomplish together."