Exelon Donates $60,000 For SWAT Team Vests
LIMERICK PA – A $60,000 donation to the Western Region unit of Montgomery County’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams, made Tuesday (Oct. 16, 2018) by Exelon Corp. and its Limerick Generating Station at 3146 Sanatoga Rd. (above), will help pay for its members’ ballistic vests that are due to be replaced during 2019, Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz announced.
Foltz leads the unit that consists of highly trained law enforcement officers from municipalities which also financially support SWAT activities. They include the boroughs of Pottstown, Royersford and Collegeville; and the townships of Lower, Upper, and West Pottsgrove, Limerick, Douglass (Montgomery), New Hanover, Lower Frederick, Upper Providence, North Coventry (in Chester County), and Colebrookdale (in Berks County).
Pottstown Police Department Cpl. Steve Morrisey, the unit’s tactical team supervisor, and Foltz, as its commander, have talked over several months with Exelon representatives about the team’s unfunded needs. “Knowing that our team works closely with (its) security forces to provide protection” to the generating station and communities within its evacuation zone, Exelon agreed to cover the cost of the vest purchases, Foltz said.
The personal armor is rated for a 5-year replacement cycle. “This generous contribution will allow the … team to focus its limited budget on specialized training and other expenses, such as insurance, equipment and maintenance costs for its various vehicles,” the chief noted.
“This is great example of camaraderie, not only at the site, but between our security and external protective services,” Exelon said in a separately released statement. “Our contribution could protect and allow an officer to go home to their family after a dangerous shift. That is most important. This contribution helps strengthen relationships in the community, and will help keep our employees safe, as well as members of the community we serve.”
During the donation presentation, Exelon was represented by plant manager Frank Sturniolo and site security manager John McGee.
Foltz observed that since SWAT’s formation in 1999, “we have seen incredible support from our community in the way of donations” to help its mission. “Many of our major expenses have been funded by grants or private (and) corporate donations, which keeps the costs to our various municipalities at a minimum.” The annual contribution of each municipality, he said, has remained constant since the team’s inception.
Photo from Lower Pottsgrove police