Philadelphia officer james o'Conner donation fundraiser

Apparel fundraiser for Philadelphia SWAT officer killed in shooting raised more than $8K

Funds raised through Shield Republic’s ‘Hold the Line’ campaign were donated to family of James O’Connor, who was elevated to the rank of sergeant after his death

Smithfield, N.C. — April 13, 2020 — American lifestyle brand Shield Republic announced today that at the close of their “Hold the Line” apparel fundraiser for fallen Philadelphia corporal James O’Connor, the company raised more than $8,000 for his family.

O’Connor, who had served as a police officer for more than 23 years, was posthumously given the rank of sergeant. He was 46 years old.

On April 9, Shield Republic Charities presented a check for $8,005.15 to Sgt. O’Connor’s family. Funds raised represent net proceeds from the sale of commemorative tees, long-sleeved shirts, hoodies, ladies’ tank tops and decals honoring the fallen officer.

The Philadelphia Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) officer sacrificed his life on March 13, after he was shot in the shoulder while serving a homicide warrant at a home in Philadelphia’s Frankford neighborhood.

“While nothing can remove the sting of this terrible loss, we take comfort in the show of support from people around the country who helped raise funds for Sgt. O’Connor’s family,” said Charlie Romero, spokesperson for Shield Republic. “We are honored to be able to make a donation honoring Sgt. O’Connor’s legacy by supporting his family.”

View the Hold the Line campaign page for Sgt. O’Connor at

Shield Republic’s Hold the Line fundraisers have donated in excess of $100,000 this year to the families and units of fallen first responders, police officers and K9 police dogs.

For more information about the Shield Republic Charities, contact

About Shield Republic

Established in 2016, Shield Republic is an American lifestyle brand based outside Raleigh, North Carolina. The company offers creative, fresh apparel and merchandise embodying American pride. Everything sold by Shield Republic is designed and manufactured in the United States. Shield Republic appeals to patriotic Americans passionate about personal strength, second amendment rights and military strength. Through Shield Republic Charities, the company shows appreciation to soldiers, first responders and their families.

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