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Police interfaith memorial service to raise funds for boy with incurable illness

The grandson of City of Tonawanda Police Detective Joseph Scarpena has been selected by local agencies to be the recipient of the offering at the 20th Annual Interfaith Police Memorial Service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 400 Ridge St., Lewiston.

The annual service honors law enforcement personnel who have died in the line of duty.

Scarpena's grandson, 3-year-old Ethan Ashcroft, has been diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, a chronic, incurable illness that affects nerves at the cellular level.

The keynote speaker for the service will be Deacon Patrick Bradley, of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, who was appointed chaplain of the Niagara Falls Police Department in 1998. He is a founding member of the Niagara Interfaith Chaplaincy.

Host for the Interfaith memorial service is Rev. Canon Barbara J. Price.

Those participating in the service are asked to arrive by 6 p.m.

A free dinner reception will be provided in the St. Paul's fellowship hall following the service.

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