Continuing to Make a Difference in the Lives of Many Children
Since the establishing of the Sean Collier Memorial Fund your donations have provided financial assistace to many different causes to further the work that Sean loved - working with children.
Without you, we would not be able to support the development and implementation of community programs designed to build connections between law enforcement and the communities they serve!
The Memorial Fund expands is swimming program for inner city children
The Lowell Police Department, Officer Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund, and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) teamed up to provide free swimming lessons to Lowell youth.
This is the second year that free swimming lessons have been offered to young people ages 6 to 16 at DCR’s Raymond Lord Memorial Swimming Pool.
The program ran for three sessions a day from Monday, July 17 through July 28. Last year the program served 50 Lowell youth in two sessions of 25 students. This year it will serve 75 Lowell youth in three sessions of 25 students.
Young people were partnered with volunteer swim instructors and taught to be cautious but comfortable in the water, as well as how to swim, float, and play safely in pools.
The Lowell Recreation Department, which also provided swimming lessons to about 200 Lowell youth, provided kickboards and guidance to the program.
The Collier Fund contributes to the program in honor of Worcester Police Officer Enmanuel “Manny” Familia, who drowned on June 4, 2021, while trying to save three young children who were struggling in a lake.
The swim program was featured in a WCVB Channel 5 Report: https://www.wcvb.com/article/free-swimming-lessons-collier-memorial-fund-lowell-massachusetts/44565018
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Lowell Police Department and Officer Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund Team Up to Offer Youth Swimming Lessons
The Officer Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund, teamed up with the Lowell Police Department and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, (DCR) to provide free swimming lessons to 50 Lowell youth during the summer.
The Lowell Police Youth Services Program’s Learn to Swim program was held from July 18-29 at the DCR’s Raymond Lord Memorial Swimming Pool. Children ages 6 to 16 were invited to participate for free. Youth were partnered with volunteer swim instructors and learned to be cautious but comfortable in the water, as well as how to swim, float, and safely play in pools.
We are hoping to provide free swimming lessons again next summer.
The program is one of several initiatives organized by the Lowell Police Youth Services Program, which the Memorial Fund has participated in. The Youth Service’s Program includes after-school activities, athletics, and other ventures that emphasize health and wellness.
The Officer Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund was established to honor the memory of Sean A. Collier who was Killed In the Line of Duty by the Boston Marathon Bombers on April 18, 2013.
Memorial Fund Background
On April 15, 2013, two explosives went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding 264 people. The three killed by the explosions were 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, 8-year-old Martin Richard and 23-year-old Lingzi Lu.
Three days later, on April 18, 2013, at approximately 10:30 pm, Patrol Officer Collier was shot and killed by the two suspects wanted for the terrorist bomb attack during the Boston Marathon. Officer Collier was ambushed and shot multiple times by the suspects while seated in his patrol car on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Officer Collier was transported to the hospital where he died.
The bombing suspects were tracked to Watertown, MA were there was a shootout with law enforcement officers. One of the suspects was killed and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Police Officer Richard H. Donohue Jr. (a Police Academy classmate of Sean’s) was critically wounded but survived. Boston Police Department officer Dennis Simmonds was injured by an explosive device and he died of this injuries almost a year later on April 10, 2014. Eight other officers were also injured in the shootout with law enforcement officers.
The second suspect was apprehended the following day, tried and by unanimous decision sentenced to death on May 15, 2015.