PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Great honors have been awarded to the officers and neighbors who serve the city of Philadelphia in the Roxborough section. The Fraternal Police Order held the award ceremony on Thursday evening.
A retired detective worked to find out who was responsible for the free maintenance of the fallen officer’s memorial and that couple was among the men and women in blue honored Thursday.
Ken and Joan Renshaw have not been sworn in to protect and serve the city of Philadelphia, but in the past decade they have decided to honor a man who died on duty.
“We try to keep the officer looking nice,” said Joan Renshaw. “He was a young boy. He remained in force only for six months when he died. “
Agent Joseph Friel was killed in 1994 after his patrol car was hit by a drunk driver on Ridge Avenue near Acorn Street.
A memorial was built near the crash site and when he began to lack attention, the Renshaws intervened to help.
“It looked a little shabby, so I just started taking care of it,” said Ken Renshaw. “Cut the grass, clean it. Joan got involved with me a little later. “
The Renshaws were among many to be honored by the Philadelphia Brotherhood Police Order during its annual awards ceremony, and while it is an honor to be recognized for their service, the couple says it is the least they could do for a man. who gave his life by protecting Philly.
“I’m just trying to be good people, that’s all,” said Joan Renshaw.
The couple just met Friel’s family in December and hope to stay in touch with his family.