BBO Partner/Member Honors Memorial Day

Monday, May 28th 2018, will be Memorial Day. This holiday is set aside as a day of remembrance in honor of all the military servicemen and servicewomen who never came home from the battlefield. In honor of the sacrifices made, BBO Partner/Member Jonny Castro featured 5 randomly submitted and selected military heroes to be featured on canvas. Jonny, who is a Philadelphia Police Officer and forensic sketch artist, has been creating line of duty death […]

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Extreme Makeover – Law Enforcement Version

http://www.bogotablognj.com/2016/06/headquarters-dedication.html BBO founder Michael Burke said, “Honestly, I was watching ‘Extreme Makeover’ and thought that it would be nice to see something like that done for law enforcement.”. In that moment, the idea was born. First step was finding a police department in need. Having a few members with affiliation there, including Captain (Ret) Jim Sepp and BBO Trustee Don Huneke, Bogota Police Department emerged as the choice of venue. Bogota’s headquarters also offered the […]

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Charity Highlight: S.O.L.E. Six Foundation

The non-profit life is not a competition. No matter how many 501C(3) charities there are in existence, the reality is that there will never be shortage of those in need. We need to do our very best to support each other in order to ensure that we maximize the amount of people impacted. As such, when BBO founder Michael Burke sees another charity out there doing good work, the group will do it’s best to […]

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Jeffrey “The Jeffinator” Sichler gets A Visit From Brothers Before Others

Every once in a while, you run into a young kid that ‘gets it’, and your faith in the future leaders of America is restored. That’s exactly what happened when BBO founder Michael Burke ran into Jeffrey Sichler and his dad, George, at the 2018 FOP Tent City in Washington DC. Jeffrey is a member of the U.S. Junior National Luge Team. While there are so many families across the country raising olympic hopefuls, Jeffrey […]

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Brothers Before Others Brings a Piece of the “Walk to Remember” to Washington DC

Every year, Brothers Before Others co-hosts “A Walk to Remember”, a 5k memorial walk in Jersey City, NJ, held in honor of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. While each year’s walk focuses on the line of duty deaths from the year prior, there are friends, family and co-workers who come and walk on behalf of those who have died the current year, as well as years prior. In fact, the 2018 walk hosted […]

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Brothers Before Others Father/Daughter Team Raise Funds and Spirits

While all the members of Brothers Before Others, whether active or retired law enforcement officers, are volunteers as it pertains to the charity, few go as above and beyond as Wes Young, Jr and his daughter, Virginia. Wes, who is a retired Bergen County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant, and his daughter, manned the BBO “Wheel of Brotherhood” at the 2018 FOP Tent City. The wheel, which guaranteed those who made a charitable donation to the ‘Flower […]

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Nine Line Apparel Visits Brothers Before Others

Few compliments mean as much as those that come from those who are respected. In reality, some would say, those are the only opinions that matter. That’s exactly how the members of Brothers Before Others feel about the visit that Matt Lyda from Nine Line Apparel paid to the BBO tent at the 2018 FOP Tent City. Nine Line Apparel is a veteran owned and operated company that is grounded in charity, patriotism and all […]

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Brothers Before Others Partner/Member Jonny Castro Honors MPD Officer Brian Gibson

Of all the friends, family and co-workers of fallen police officers that visited Jonny Castro during his stay at the 2018 FOP Tent City, one carried a unique and special story. Philadelphia Police Officer, forensic sketch artist and BBO partner/member Jonny Castro has been using his gift to honor fallen police officers since the 1 year anniversary of the assassination of Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson. One of the portraits that Jonny had done was […]

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Brothers Before Others Helps Fire Victim

In March of 2018, BBO member and Port Authority Police Officer Michael Gerbasio contacted founder Michael Burke in regards to a high school student in need. Michael’s wife, Patti, teaches at the School for Classics in Brooklyn, NY. The family of one of her senior students, who will soon be crowned valedictorian of his class at this years graduation, suffered a house fire, resulting in a total loss. The child in question is not only […]

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Brothers Before Others Partner/Member Honors the Fallen

Since 2016, Philadelphia Police Officer and forensic sketch artist, Jonny Castro, has been painting line of duty death portraits, honoring officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. On the first anniversary of the assassination of Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III, Jonny has been inspired to use his God-given talent to honor the fallen. In March of 2015, PO Wilson, while on patrol, simply wanted to buy a gift for his son. As such, he […]

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