Police Foundation Donates Horse Trailers, Trucks to Mounted Unit
The Philadelphia Police Foundation donated $80,000 in much needed equipment to the Philadelphia Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit on September 18, 2013.
Maureen Rush, President of the Philadelphia Police Foundation and Vice President for Public Safety for the University of Pennsylvania, presented two new Eby 13-ft.x 7-ft two-horse trailers and two 2014 Ford F150 trucks to the Mounted Unit during morning ceremonies held at the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center (DVIC) in South Philadelphia.
Inspector John Heath, head of the Tactical Field Division, and Lt. Daniel McCann, commanding officer of the Mounted Unit, accepted the new equipment on behalf of Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. Also attending the presentation were members of the Philadelphia Police Foundation’s Board of Directors, police officials and equine officers Count and Nicky B.
“We are happy to donate two large trucks and trailers to be able to transport the 17 horses to the streets as quickly as possible,” Rush told KYW reporter John Ostapkovich. “So now, having these additional vehicles allows the Mounted Patrol to get on patrol or get to an emergency situation quicker.”
One of two 2014 Ford F150 trucks and new Eby twin-stall horsetrailers donated to Philadelphia Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit by Philadelphia Police Foundation.
Inspector Heath thanked the Philadelphia Police Foundation for the nonprofit organization’s continued support of the Mounted Patrol Unit since the unit was reinstituted by Commissioner Ramsey three years ago.
“The Philadelphia Police Foundation has been in our corner since day one of the unit’s reorganization by helping us purchase equipment, horses and stable facilities. We would not be where we are without them,” Heath said.
The Mounted Patrol Unit currently has 17 horses and nine double-stalled horse trailers to transport the entire unit quickly, efficiently and effectively.