Norristown is among the communities that honored Officer Brad Fox as he was escorted to his final resting place at the National Veterans Cemetery in Washington Crossing. Other area municipalities - from Whitemarsh, East Norriton, West Norriton, and Upper Merion, among other communities - also helped honor the Plymouth Township Police Officer killed in the line of duty.
One thousand American flags were placed at the Plymouth Township Municipal Complex to honor the service of Officer Brad Fox. The flags were planted by America Responds With Love, a national nonprofit organization with its main office in Valley Forge. Three individuals helped plant the flags on the evening of September 15. One individual is a resident of West Norriton. A second individual was Lindsey Tornetta, a police communications officer of the Norristown Police Department.
The service of Fox is recognized by the inclusion of two types of American flags in the Respond With Love Flag Garden. One type of flag, with a blue color staff, represents men and women who serve our country in the United States military. The other type of flag, with a tan color staff, represents civilian service. Officer Fox died as a Marine in service with the Plymouth Township Police Department.
A total of 500 flags with blue color staffs are included and 500 flags with tan color staffs are included in this garden.
The flags have been obtained from various sources, including flags donated by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7878 in King of Prussia. These flags had flown at Valley Forge Memorial Gardens over the graves of men and women who have served our country. The flags have been cleared by individuals doing community service through the office of the Montgomery Country District Attorney. Through the years, the flags have been stored through the generosity of Pennhurst Properties in Chester County.