Thursday, June 30, 2016

Kids rally behind Officer Dorman

There are a couple of important developments in the story of wounded Folcroft Officer Chris Dorman today.

First, on our editorial page, we review the outage that occurred at the county 911 Center at the time of the shooting, when a dispatcher did not hear the frantic plea from Dorman after he was shot during a violent encounter with a drug suspect. For four crucial minutes, the 911 center dispatchers were in the dark. Luckily, it only affected communication on the dispatchers' end. Dorman's fellow officers heard his pleas and responded.

Both the county and the company that put the new system in are working to find out what went wrong and make sure it does not happen again. The county also is bringing in an outside, independent agency to review the operations.

You can read our editorial here.

The other story we covered today shows you exactly what Folcroft - and Delaware County - is made of, in particular in the way they reacted to Officer Dorman's shooting.

In her Thursday Cop Shop column, staffer Rose Quinn details the efforts of a group of kids on the Folcroft Swim Club to raise money to help the fund drive to benefit Dorman.

It wasn't that long ago that Dorman was a regular at the swim club himself. The team's nickname is the Stingrays.

The kids talk about what Dorman means to them and their desire to one day meet him and offer a high-five.

They didn't hesitate when they got the chance to help out.

Support for the officer is growing by the day. You can get a full rundown of the fund-raising efforts - and how you can help - in today's Cop Shop column.

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