Over the past few months, the community of Winchester has worked to honor a police officer who died in the line of duty and make sure his family is taken care of.
30-year-old officer Hunter Edwards of the Winchester Police Department died while serving others in the line of duty in November of 2018. And although he is gone, his community worked together to make sure he or his family isn’t forgotten.
“The day after hunter passed, me and Richard were talking and decided we needed to do something.” Richard Dau and Bill Collins Strength of Honor Motorcycle club say.
So they created a commemorative poker chip which was sold to raise funds in officer Edward’s honor.
It has his badge on it and his unit number across it and on the back of the coin, it says end of watch, and the day that he passed.
The sales along with the proceeds from the strength & honor motorcycle club, Stonewall chapter’s benefit ride which was held in hunter’s memory in December as well as those funds collected by T.G.I Fridays and grove’s Winchester Harley Davidson, amounted to over four thousand dollars…And that money was presented to hunters mom Tuesday.
“To see the level of phenomenal support that Winchester has for police it is inspiring.” Anne-Berry Wade says.
The group which includes many law enforcement officers, says it’s the least they could do for his family.
“We’re a family, any law enforcement officer I meet I can immediately call them my brother or sister, that’s just what we are.” Richard Dau and Bill Collins Strength of Honor Motorcycle club say.
“I know if I passed, if someone did this for my family, I know how grateful I would be if an event like this happened for me, I know my family would appreciate it.” Richard Dau and Bill Collins Strength and Honor Motorcycle club say.
The Winchester-Frederick county law enforcement foundation will manage the account, and those representatives say every penny will go towards helping hunter’s wife, son, and family with whatever they need.
“Knowing that there is an enormous additional level of support through the professional connections it is an extended family that you never knew you had,” Wade said.
The Winchester-Frederick county law enforcement foundation says if there are any other groups who want to raise or give money to honor officer Edwards they can contact the police department.