Westown Ford in Jacksonville has been presented the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Blue and Gold Award for the dealership’s long-time support of local law enforcement.
“Westown Ford has shown true community spirit and pride through their support of local police officers,” said FOP State Lodge President Chris Southwood. “They proudly stand with local FOP members to make Jacksonville a better place to live, work and visit.”
Westown Ford and General Manager Nick Xamis have actively supported the members and the mission of Jacksonville FOP Lodge 125 for more than ten years. Westown also was instrumental in the purchase of the state FOP Disaster Response Unit Emergency Response Trailer. The Disaster Response Unit supports Illinois FOP members, police officers and their families during times of disaster. It helps to provide temporary home repair, property recovery, and coordination of needed services to law enforcement officers and their families. The unit can also provide food when needed.
“These are critical times for law enforcement, and it’s important to show support for police officers as they work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep our community safe,” said Westown Ford General Manager Nick Xamis.
The Fraternal Order of Police, founded in 1915, is the largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. With a proud tradition of officers representing officers, the FOP is the most respected and most recognized police organization in the country. The Illinois FOP, chartered in 1963, is the second largest State Lodge, proudly representing more than 34,000 active duty and retired police officers – more than 10 percent of all FOP members nationwide. Visit www.ilfop.org for more information.
Photos: In both images the people pictured are, left to right, FOP representative Jerry Lieb of Jacksonville; Westown Ford General Manager Nick Xamis; and FOP State Lodge President Chris Southwood. The outdoor photo shows the FOP’s Disaster Response Unit Emergency Response Trailer. Both photos courtesy of the FOP State Lodge.