HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A local Mechanicsville cafe opened its doors Thursday to raise money for fallen State Trooper Chad Dermyer.
Nearly every seat was filled inside Riverbound Café as the community gathered to show their support for a hero many of them never got the chance to meet.
Mechanicville local Bobbie Miles said the large crowd was to be expected.
“I’m not surprised to see the outpouring of support,” said Miles. “Mechanicsville is a very caring community.”
State Trooper Justin Crawley and his wife partnered with the restaurant owner to set up this fundraiser.
“I’m proud to serve this community with the area that I work both the Hanover and the Henrico communities,” said Crawley. “For them to step up and show support for a family that is hurting right now, it’s just amazing.”
Trooper Crawley said his focus though is on the crowd. He tried his best not to look at the memorial sitting on the bar.
“It makes you happy to see the people that go over there and take the time to pay their respects to a small memorial like that,” said Crawley. “But it’s also heartbreaking to actually have to set that on the corner of the bar.”
A final drink, a few flowers and photographs capturing the smile that everyone seems to be talking about.
“That’s a rough spot, for me and probably every trooper in here,” said Crawley.
There, the community can pay their respects and can lend a helping hand to a hero’s family. A family, who hopefully knows, that the entire community supports them.
“All I can say is that we’re there for you,” said Bobbie Miles. “You know to support you in any way we can.”
A portion from all of Wednesday’s sales will be given to the Dermyer family.
The fundraiser will be going on until 9 p.m. Thursday.