From Bill Kaempffer, Bridgeport Police spokesman:
United Illuminating Co. and the Utility Workers Union of America presented a $2,500 check Wednesday to the Bridgeport Police Memorial Fund. So far, the city and Bridgeport Police Union Local 1159 have raised about $60,000 in private donations for a planned memorial to honor the 12 city police officers who have died in the line of duty.
“This means a lot,” Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr., said of the latest donation. “It is so important to honor these fine officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice doing this job. The outpouring of support from businesses and individuals speaks to that.”
Moses A. Rams, the president of utility workers union Local 470-1, called it a “pleasure and honor” to contribute. The money was raised collaboratively between the union and UI.
“I just hope this inspires more corporations to step forward,” he said.
Work to build the memorial has been ongoing for three years. The union is selling commemorative pavers that are inscribed with personal messages and incorporated into the memorial. They can be ordered at bridgeportpoliceunion.com. Individuals or businesses wishing to make donations can call the union office at 203-581-5131.
Construction is expected to begin later this year.