Police Academy dress down days aid Jermyn officer
SCRANTON, Pa. – Cadets currently enrolled in the Police Academy at Lackawanna College recently showed their support for a local police officer and Academy graduate in need.
From Nov. 18-22, members of the current class conducted a series of dress down days as a fundraiser for Officer Chris Brazen.
“Officer Brazen and his family suffered a terrible tragedy when his 17-month-old daughter, Jenna, accidentally spilled a cup of hot tea on herself, suffering first and second degree burns on her face, neck, and chest,” Academy Director Dan Duffy explained.
Brazen, a graduate of the Academy, is a part-time officer in the boroughs of Jermyn and Dickson City who will be unable to work while tending to his daughter’s immediate care, according to Duffy. He and his wife also have another child.
In exchange for a $5 per day donation, cadets and instructors were allowed to dress down and the Academy’s clean shave policy was temporarily suspended.
In all, a total of $2,531 was raised between students and staff at the Scranton campus and Hazleton center, with $100 donated to the Kelcey Strong scholarship fund in honor of a police officer’s daughter who recently passed away from cancer and the remaining $2,431 given to the Jenna Brazen fund.
Staff, administrators, and instructors of the Hazleton full-time class also donated a variety of household items to the Brazen family.
“This is a fine example of the support we need to share with our brothers and sisters in law enforcement during difficult times. Not only will the financial contribution be welcomed, but I am sure the support and solidarity will help on a broader scale as Jenna, Officer Brazen, and their family recover from this terrible event,” Duffy said.