The Wilton Police Benevolent Association will make a donation from the TJ Tunney Memorial Fund to Connecticut Hospice at the Town Hall Annex on June 27. The community is invited to attend.
A 31-year member of the Wilton Police Department, Sgt. Thomas Tunney, known to many as TJ, died of cancer on Jan. 3.
Before his passing, the Wilton PBA had set up a special fund to assist him with the financial obligations caused by his illness, and held a fund-raiser for that purpose at the Ponus Yacht Club in January.
“When all that was said and done and everything was paid for, there was going to be some remaining money left over, so we asked his family if they would like it to be donated, and they requested it be donated to Connecticut Hospice in TJ’s honor,” Sgt. David Hartman, president of the Wilton PBA, told The Bulletin.
“I believe they were involved with helping TJ the last few days before he passed away,” Hartman said.
Hartman said the amount of the donation will be announced during the 11 a.m. event. “It’s open to anybody that would like to attend,” he said.
The Wilton PBA is a charitable association of the officers and administrative staff at the police department for the welfare of its members and that of the community they serve.
“One of the primary aims of the PBA is to help out the police officers in times of need, and our mission and our goal is accomplished through the support of people in the community,” Hartman said.
“This is a prime example of when an officer was in need of assistance and the PBA and the community came together to give him and his family hope,” he said.
The PBA is accepting donations now. Anyone wishing to contribute may send a check made out to Wilton PBA with “2016 fund-raiser” written in the memo line and mailed to: Wilton Police Department, 240 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897, Attn: David Hartman.