Donations to Help Troopers’ Families

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PALMYRA TOWNSHIP -- It wasn't long after the deadly ambush at the state police barracks in Pike County that tags started covering the walls at Lake Region IGA near Hawley.

The grocery store wanted to help raise money for the family of Corporal Bryon Dickson as well as for Trooper Alex Douglass. More than a month later, checks for thousands of dollars were given to troopers who worked alongside the two men.

"It`s unbelievable. Five plus weeks into things here there`s still community support going on," said Sergeant Brian Vennie, Pennsylvania State Police.

Customers donated a dollar for each one of those tags at the cash register, raising about $7,000. Another $5,000 was added by the store's wholesaler.

Sergeant Vennie's wife Traci says every dollar counts.

"This is how these families will survive. This is how they will put food on the table. This is how they will pay the bills and get through difficult times. And that hopefully with the help of all of us together coming together as a community," Traci Vennie said.

State police say Eric Frein took away much more than a public servant the night of September 12. He also took away the biggest provider for the Dickson family.

"Events like this where extra money coming in, what you need for family. Life insurance doesn`t cover everything," said Jim Shook, Lake Region IGA.

"It`s bigger than a shirt sale. This is our community reaching out to help our people," Traci Vennie said.

12 comments

  • DontBeStupid

    Well. I sure hope my spouse doesn’t die. If that happens I’m going to have to get a second job because I highly doubt the IGA will raise money for me.

    • linda

      I agree with you. That much money could have gone to a homeless shelter or Salvation Army that feeds a lot more people.

  • noneyo

    So the a trooper dies and god knows the family is going to be getting his death benefits but yet they are given thousands of dollars. Can she get a job instead of expecting others to support her. I doubt if my husband dies people are going to give me thousands of dollars to support my 3 children I would actually have to continue to work and support my family on my own. So why does she need all this $? She is getting played because he husband died. I feel horrible for the family but everytime someone dies there families aren’t that important right.

  • Jane Bowers

    I find it ironic that IGA is closing its Hawley store and putting workers out of a job, yet they feel compelled to raise money for state troopers – money won’t bring anyone back, and life insurance may not cover everything, but this is a case of people losing their jobs vs. a family that will indeed get compensation. And like other widows, eventually the wife may have to find a job. Life is harsh. Find the guy (Eric F.), and let’s move on.

      • Charlie Lucky

        My point is that a half a million dollars, and a check every month from the state, and social security, and every other agency on that list, does not compensate for the loss of a loved one. But don’t make it sound like they need T-shirt sales to put food on their table.
        This is what the sargeant’s wife, Traci V said, “This is how these families will survive. This is how they will put food on the table. This is how they will pay the bills and get through difficult times. And that hopefully with the help of all of us together coming together as a community,”
        Make no mistake about my position, I want Frein strung up from a tree and let him hang there until he decomposes. But selling T-shirts, and then saying the money is needed for survival of the troopers family? Sorry, I am disagreeing with that statement. I don’t disagree with the fundraiser, but that statement of, “This is how these families survive”, I disagree with. Especially when one of them, 2 weeks ago, dropped $50,000 on a new SUV.

        So I looked up on the state benefits page, as to how they will get by. Personally, I think they should get more from the state, but thats my opinion.
        I hope this satisfies your curiosity on my point.

    • In the Know

      Yes, one of them has a new SUV but it isn’t because they spent any money on it. It was given to them by a local dealership. Please don’t make comments about something you know nothing about. Other than that I agree with everything else in your post.

  • Waste of money

    Why would they donate money to the troopers that are searching? They are making tons of extra cash with all the overtime they are getting! There are people who could really benefit from that money much more! Use it for soup kitchens, homeless shelters, or coats for children of poor families!!

    • In the Know

      Get some comprehension skills. The money is for the injured Trooper and the slain Trooper’s family. The story states “The grocery store wanted to help raise money for the family of Corporal Bryon Dickson as well as for Trooper Alex Douglass. More than a month later, checks for thousands of dollars were given to troopers who worked alongside the two men.” Let me interpret that for you, the checks were given to the troopers they worked with so they can pass them along to the families.

  • linda

    Why does it take 5 cops to be at the store? I guess the tax payers are paying for them to be there. I would think some of that money should go to a soup kitchen or food bank. I feel bad for the families but there are a lot of people that need it more.

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