Islanders star lauded for efforts with families of slain cops
Islanders forward Matt Martin inked a $5,000 check to the Widows’ and Children’s Fund, of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, on Wednesday and thanked cops for the daily dangers they face on the job.
“I’ve always grown up appreciating and respecting the military and police wherever I lived,” Martin said at a hockey clinic for the kids of NYPD officers at Floyd Bennett Field.
“They do a great job protecting us and the community and they don’t always get the proper respect they deserve.”
Martin treats a widow and child to each Islanders home game at the Barclays Center and meets with them after the final whistle.
“Matt Martin understands what the families of police officers who are killed in the line of duty go through,” PBA president Pat Lynch.
“Besides giving the money — which is greatly appreciated — he also takes the time out to meet with the kids and talk to them. And we greatly appreciate that.”