Triumph from Tragedy – 9/11 Remembered

As each anniversary approaches, it’s hard for any American to escape the images of the horrors that played out on 9/11/01. Even 17 years later, for those that lived through that day and lost loved ones and coworkers, finding some measure of personal peace during this time can be a hurdle of epic proportions. One person who is helping countless individuals turn that corner is Brothers Before Others partner, Laurie Tietjen, who founded and heads […]

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NYPD Police Officer Anthony Dwyer Remembered

On Saturday September 8th, 2018, the Sewanhaka High School (Floral Park, NY) football team and Athletic Department held a special halftime ceremony dedicated to the memory of alumnus and NYPD Police Officer Anthony T. Dwyer, who was killed in the line of duty on October 17, 1989. Anthony, who graduated Sewanhaka in 1984, played both lacrosse and football for the Indians, wearing jersey #72 during his tenure. Inspired by retired NYPD Police Officer, Brothers Before […]

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Charity Highlight: The Brendan and Liam Shanahan Foundation

Parents who have endured pain or loss as it relates to their children, are among the strongest people walking the planet. (Ret) NYPD/Port Authority Police Officer and Brothers Before Others member Mike Shanahan and his wife, Jennifer, are two examples of this. Within barely a three year period, Mike and Jen lost two of their sons, Brendan Brian and Liam Patrick, before the age of two, to the hands of Alpers Disease. In a show of […]

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Sacrificing Everything: When Action Transcends Rhetoric

As a nationally recognized 501C(3) law enforcement charity, the members of Brothers Before Others have done their best to stay out of the political arena. Getting muddied in arguments over political issues rarely accomplishes anything, divides membership and takes away from the “mission”. Civil Servants, as a whole, have the daunting task of being society’s parents. Regardless of how off the wall or inappropriate someone’s actions or words may be, if they pick up their […]

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Brothers Before Others Walks the Walk With Cleveland Police Foundation

There are few police organizations more community orientated than the Cleveland Police Foundation, who’s Community Policing and Liaison to the CPF is BBO member and Cleveland Police Captain Keith Sulzer. So it’s no surprise that, every time BBO is in town, Captain Sulzer has another opportunity for our members to give back. This year, while in Cleveland to honor the family of their recent line of duty death, Cleveland Police Officer Vu Nguyen, Captain Sulzer invited […]

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Welcome Back Gina!!!!

On August 10, 2018, after a nearly two year battle with breast cancer, Jersey City Police Officer and Brothers Before Others member Gina Sandwith returned to full duty! Gina was hired by the Jersey City Police Department in July of 2012. Prior to that, Gina served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps., doing three tours overseas in 2010, 2012 and 2013. She attributes the skills learned during this time to preparing her […]

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Brotherhood Without Boundaries

On July 17th, 2018, Hawaii County Police Officer Bronson Kaliloa was shot and killed while conducting a motor vehicle stop. As he has done hundreds of times since 2016, Brothers Before Others partner/member Jonny Castro sprung into action. Jonny, who serves the city of Philadelphia as a Police Officer and forensic sketch artist, has been creating one of a kind portraits of American heroes, both sworn and civilian, since the one year anniversary of the […]

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Brothers Before Others ‘Delivers’ for Jonny Castro Art

Since founding Brothers Before Others, Michael Burke has partnered with other charities and individuals along the way who share his same vision and goals. One such individual is Philadelphia Police Officer Jonny Castro. Jonny serves as the forensic sketch artist for the Philadelphia Police Department. Since 2016 and the first anniversary of the assassination of Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III, Jonny has been selflessly creating one of kind memorial portraits of our nations heroes, […]

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“Blue” Magazine features Brothers Before Others

“Blue” Magazine, which has lived up to it’s mission of serving as the “unfiltered and independent voice of all law enforcement officers”, recently visited the Brothers Before Others office in order to cover the group and founder, Michael Burke. The interview covers a range of topics, from BBO’s founding through Michael’s most proud moments. It affords the reader the opportunity of seeing BBO through Michael’s eyes. There are a lot of parallels between the way […]

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One Year Later, Brothers Before Others Remembers NYPD Miosotis Familia

At approximately 12:30 AM on 07/05/2017, NYPD PO M. Familia was ambushed and gunned down while she sat in her marked mobile command post. As is always the case, line of duty deaths are felt by the entire law enforcement community and the membership of Brothers Before Others. The very foundation of BBO is the ‘Flower Fund’, established to ensure that a flower arrangement is sent on behalf of the members of BBO to every […]

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