Fallen CPD Sergeant Ben Bertram’s fellow officers are coming together and asking for support in an effort to raise funds to help send some of Bertram’s family and fellow officers to Police Week in 2019.
A GoFundMe campaign was launched last week, and is quickly gaining traction. Support is rising for the campaign, which has 408 shares and has raised over $4,500 as of the final minutes of 2018.
Ben’s fellow officers started the page, and the fundraiser is approved by both the Bertram family and the FOP. They write:
“On December 12th, 2018, a Charlestown Police Department K-9 officer tragically died in the line of duty while pursuing a stolen vehicle. Following the funeral services, members of local FOP lodges, and local law enforcement came together to plan a memorial trip for the officer’s family in blood and his family from the Charlestown Police Department.
The funds raised will send the family and officers to Washington D.C. for the annual Police Week memorial services where law enforcement officers from all over the country will be honored. We all realized that this would be a large task, but with the assistance of local businesses, public service entities, and you, the public, we know this trip will happen and be an unforgettable experience for the family and officers.
No donation amount is too small in a campaign such as this. We are so honored to be able to do this to honor this officer, and to give a lasting memory for his family in blood and in blue.”
Lindsey Wolff, sister of Officer Bertram, commented the following: “Our family is so very thankful for the overwhelming support! Thank you so much to everyone involved in organizing this and allowing us the opportunity to attend such a fitting tribute honoring my brother and his sacrifice!”
In other efforts to raise funds, the Clark County FOP Lodge 181 is selling CHPD EOW (End of Watch) wristbands and t-shirts. These items are on sale for a limited time – so act fast.
“The Clark County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 181 is currently selling official metal Sgt. Bertram CHPD End of Watch Memorial Wristbands and T-Shirts. All profits from the sale of these two items will directly go to benefit efforts of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) to send members of the surviving Bertram family to Washington D.C., in May of 2019; to participate in National Police Week, including the adding of Sgt. Ben Bertram’s name to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.”