HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Mechanicsville cafe opened its doors Thursday to raise money for the family of fallen State Trooper Chad Dermyer.
The restaurant told 8News on Friday that more than $10,000 was raised in cash donations alone. The total amount raised from sales is still being totaled, but will likely eclipse the cash donation amount, the restaurant said.
A portion from all of the sales will be given to the Dermyer family.
Nearly every seat was filled inside Riverbound Café on Thursday as the community gathered to show their support for a hero many of them never got the chance to meet.
State Trooper Justin Crawley and his wife partnered with the restaurant owner to set up this fundraiser.
Trooper Crawley said he was amazed by the turnout.
“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.”
Crawley said he focused primarily on the people who attended as he tried his best not to look at the memorial for his fellow trooper 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.”
Now, the wife of another Virginia State Trooper is selling T-shirts in memory of Trooper Dermyer. The proceeds from the sales of the tees will go to Trooper Dermyer’s widow and children.
So far, more than 3,200 shirts have been sold with more than $67,000 raised.
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