Donna Giulian, President

I am happy to state that I have been a member of the FOP Lodge 5 Auxiliary from the very first day, not forgetting over 20 years ago I was one of the founders of another police family group, sad to say I was the last member standing.

I am PROUD to be married to my husband Bill Giulian for almost 39 years (this October). He is now retired from the Philadelphia Police Department after 32 years of service, 23 of those as Sergeant. We have two grown sons, the oldest Brian lives in Binghamton, New York, and is married to our first wonderful daughter-in-law, Leah; they gave us the best gift of all, three wonderful grandchildren – Andrew and Cole, and our only granddaughter, Emerie Joy. They are the shining lights of our lives. Our second son, Billy, followed in his father’s footsteps. He already has 11 years on the job, currently in the 24th District, and proudly wearing his father’s badge since he retired. He has two sons, Maximus and Alexander. He is married to our second wonderful daughter-in-law, Cemantha.

My working profession has been in health care. I’ve worked in Billing, Customer Service, and as Practice Manager I have always been a true supporter of our police in Philadelphia. In the past I was fortunate to have my opinions printed in the Daily News on my beliefs and trust of the PPD. I like when people stop me and say they saw my opinion, good job. One time I was even fortunate enough to have a Guest Opinion Column. It was exciting!

I enjoy the Auxiliary, and the friends I have made over the past years. They are as devoted as me and have the same reason for supporting our police – to let them know we care, to show them we care, and to let their families know we are here. We all live the same life, and it helps to know that others are struggling with the police family life as well. I know firsthand how difficult it can be, feeling like the 5th wheel at most social events, going to family affairs only to say “Bill’s working,” my heart stopping every time there is a breaking news flash of Officer shot. It never stops. This March will be a new adventure for Bill and me as he will retire from his service on the Police Department; while it is exciting it is also a questionable time for fear of the unknown. What to do now?

I will continue to support the police with all my heart and soul forever. I always tell my husband and son when there are questionable acts in the news “Remember it is better to be judged by 12 then to be carried by six.” God Bless our Philadelphia Police Officers.