EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 20, 2013

N.H. State Police T-shirt sales benefit One Fund Boston

By Jo-Anne MacKenzie
jmackenzie@eagletribune.com

---- — The T-shirt says it all: The New Hampshire Troopers Association logo and the words Boston Strong.

It’s what N.H. state troopers running in Boston’s Run to Remember will be wearing Sunday.

The troopers association is selling the shirts for $15 apiece and donating all profits to One Fund Boston.

When N.H. Trooper 1st Class Sean Fahey was watching televised coverage of the marathon bombings, he spotted a fellow trooper, wearing a N.H. State Police T-shirt, helping a victim.

“We stand strong with them,” Fahey said of the relationship between the two states’ police forces. “A lot of us are from Massachusetts. We’re tied. We want to show we stand with them and when they reach out for help, we’re ready to assist.”

They’re not alone.

Sunday marks the ninth running of Boston’s Run to Remember, a tribute to law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

This year’s race has special meaning, given the marathon bombings April 15. The race this year also will pay tribute to the first responders, volunteers and bystanders who ran toward danger in order to save those injured.

The race quickly sold out. It is preceded Saturday with an expo and N.H. State Police will be there, too, selling their T-shirts. They will donate all proceeds to One Fund Boston to help bombing victims and their families.

The race itself benefits the Boston Police Runners Club’s community and youth programs.

N.H. State Police troopers have long participated in the race, Fahey said, but this is the first year the troopers association will participate as a vendor.

The T-shirts are available at the group’s online store, co-store.com/nhtroopers. Fahey said they have ordered plenty of shirts, so there’s no danger they will sell out.

The store, which also has a limited physical presence in Concord, has been open for about a year and a half, he said.

“We essentially use it to promote the N.H. State Police, the troopers association, answer questions, offer information and promote our charity golf event,” Fahey said.

The physical store is open for limited hours before Christmas, but the online store is always open.

Customers will find clothing, teddy bears, mugs and more, all carrying the N.H. State Police logo.

“It goes toward charitable donations, local charities like Make A Wish, Special Olympics, DARE,” Fahey said of sale proceeds. “We can handle any order that comes in. We ordered an exorbitant amount the other day. We’re going to reorder (today) so we have enough to bring to the Run to Remember.”