Runnemede PD Patrolman Surprises a Young Boy Fighting Cancer

The Rich Zeoli Show
September 16, 2019 - 12:45 pm

PHILADELPHIA (1210 WPHT)- As a young boy continues to fight cancer, a police officer decided to lend his support to the family.

In an interview with The Rich Zeoli Show, Patrolman Matthew Woolen of the Runnemede PD talked about the surprise he had for Shawn Copes.

"It all started when I posted something on Facebook for him," said Woolen. "More or less just to collect patches and coins."

Woolen said he received several patches and coins from different people and organizations, including an NYPD officer and Hero One in Louisiana.

"On Monday, I was contacted by the Rolling Badges, the motorcycle organization comprised of active, retired law enforcement officers," said Woolen. "They came, went down the street, rolled up [to Shawn Copes' house]. It was a beautiful day.

“We rolled down, lights and sirens,” said Woolen. “The excitement on Shawn’s face was nice to see.”

Woolen explained why he and his fellow law enforcement officers showed their support for Copes' cancer battle.

"No family deserves to go through this, so any time we can bring some positivity to it, we're going to try our best," Woolen said. "We're always the one that people call upon during the bad moments, so it's nice to be able to do something positive for the child and the family.”

Woolen said it best when summing up the entire experience.

"The smallest little thing brings joy to a kid."

Contributions can be made on Shawn Copes’ GoFundMe page.

Listen to the full interview with Patrolman Matthew Woolen below.