An event to be held Saturday in Freeman will benefit the family of slain Virginia State Police Trooper Chad Dermyer.
The Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance, working in conjunction with the Virginia State Police Association will be holding a fundraiser for Dermyer’s wife and children at Reedy Creek Hunt Club in Freeman, with the event slated to start at approximately 2 p.m.
Dermyer was shot and killed while participating in a training exercise in Richmond on March 31.
“Some of the members of our group new Tpr. Dermyer and we have a lot of members who are in Law Enforcement or the military,” said John McGlothlin of the Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance Foundation. “They wanted to get together and do what they could, but there’s only so much you can do after a tragedy like this. They wanted to show their support for the family.”
The fundraiser will include a barbecue lunch and an auctions of various items which will include coolers, lawn care equipment and gift certificates to various businesses.
The event will conclude with a presentation ceremony to the Virginia State Police Association on behalf of Dermyer’s family.
“There are few things more tragic than losing a State Trooper in the line of duty,” said McGlothlin. “At a time when law enforcement is being asked to carry more than ever before, our members felt it was absolutely proper for us to rally behind the loved ones of those who protect us.”
McGlothlin added the organization is very pleased to be involved in the effort with the Virginia State Police Association.
“We could not be more pleased to be partnering with the Virginia State Police Association for this important event in support of the families of our fallen State Troopers.”
Those who wish to attend but are unable to do so but want to help, donations may be mailed to the Virginia Hunting Dog Association, c/o the Trooper Chad Dermyer Fund and mailed to P.O. Box 657, Powhatan, Va 23139. Donations may also be made at any Bank of Essex branch in Virginia.
Tickets are $15 per ticket, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Dermyer’s family, according to McGlothlin.