Officer Harold L. Vitale Memorial Fund, Inc.

August 6, 2018 Officer Harold L. Vitale Memorial Fund To Recognize The Ultimate Sacrafice of Yarmouth MA Police

Sgt. Sean Gannon & K9 Partner "Nero"

EOW April 12, 2018

About Us

The Officer Harold L. Vitale Memorial Fund, a tax exempt 501 (C)3 organization was organized in 1992 in Massachusetts.

REMEMBER A HERO, HONOR THEIR SACRIFICE, CELEBRATE HOW THEY LIVED, NOT HOW THEY DIED

The Fund prides itself by being involved and making an impact in the community.  We recognize and make contributions to individuals and families affected by the sudden loss of a loved one.  We create awareness around the need to respect and appreciate our public safety system and the people who pledge an oath to protect us.  We believe by sharing the common value of respect and appreciating the difficult job of our first responders we can create greater awareness around this difficult and dangerous task with each and every individual in our communities.

In 1991 a group of Harold's family, friends and coworkers decided it would be appropriate to create a permanent remembrance to him.  The community of Saugus embraced the idea.  After identifying a piece of public land an idea was born to build a public park in his honor.  And so the Officer Vitale Memorial Park was born and our organization was born with it.

For nearly 3 decades we have honored his name and his sacrifice.  In his name we have made a difference and will continue to do so.

Public safety is important.  As citizens we all expect it.  But our safety is not free and it is not guaranteed.  It is a shared responsibility.

Our organization was inspired in part by a national organization known as Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) that provides resources to help families rebuild their shattered lives. There is no membership fee to join C.O.P.S., for the price paid is already too high.  We are now eternally joined in a private club called "survivors."  A club we'd rather not belong to. 

So please do your part and help us recognize these heroes behind the badge and their families.  And, the next time you see an officer doing his job, take a moment and thank him for his service and for doing his job.  If you meet a survivor, thank them for their sacrifice, we can assure you they will appreciate it.