Spotlight on Law Enforcement January 2019

(Megan O’Grady) Megan O’Grady started Blue Line Bears two years ago. She makes and delivers teddy bears to the families of fallen police officers.

Teen makes personalized teddy bears for families of fallen police officers

Megan O’Grady not only makes the bears but travels to deliver them.

By Enjoli Francis and Susan Schwartz,  ABC News, January 4, 2019

This new year, one Florida teen is pushing forward with her mission to ensure that the families and particularly children of fallen law enforcement officers have a little something to cuddle to help them remember their loved ones.

Megan O’Grady, 16, of Cape Coral, Florida, runs the nonprofit organization Blue Line Bears, which makes and delivers personalized teddy bears.

This week, she and her parents traveled to Denver to deliver bears that she’d made for the family of Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Gumm, 32, who was killed while on duty in January 2018.

Using the uniform shirt of the fallen officer, which she gets from relatives or the police department, O’Grady sews and stuffs bears that wear miniature versions of the uniforms including the officer’s name, badge number and even department.

It takes O’Grady, a high school junior, up to two days to complete each bear.

“Part of the reason that I started this was because there’s such a negativity towards police. … It has really lifted my spirits knowing that there are so many people out there who really care about police.”

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7 Replies to “Spotlight on Law Enforcement January 2019”

  1. Ms. O’Grady,
    I just read the amazing gift that you make for blue line survivors. My kids are 9 and 6, I showed her your picture and told her what you are doing. Your are a true hero. I hope she will never be need your gift, but I hope my daughter grows up to be just like you. You and your family should be proud. THANK YOU!

  2. Megan, Wow, Thank you from an entire family that serves. That kind act I’m sure brings a smile to the children who are left behind.
    I hope you find it in your heart to keep up the great work. We need a little help nowadays in law enforcement. Your gift is selfless, and your heart huge.
    The blue family in Maryland

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