Mar 09, 2015

“Friends of Fred”—Cranston RI Police, Fire Help Veteran in Need

An elderly veteran in Cranston, RI, finally got the recognition—and help—he deserved, thanks to the help of an IBPO Local 301 member sent to check on him.

Late last year, Cranston Police Officer Julie Furgasso answered a call for a wellbeing check on 89-year-old Alfred Bettencourt. When she found him in a difficult situation, she wound up working with Cranston Fire Captain Chuck Pollock to connect Bettencourt with local services. Seeing herself as his ‘adopted granddaughter,” Furgasso continued her work with Pollock on Bettencourt’s behalf, organizing a series of fundraisers to assist the World War II veteran.

When Furgasso and Pollock learned of his service, including his injury in France in 1944, they were determined to see him receive his proper honors. On March 9, 2015, Bettencourt received his long-overdue Purple Heart, as well as several other military honors, in a ceremony led by U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI).

You can see more on this story here on Cranston Online.

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