Local Businesses Step Up To Help Injured Officer

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Businesses in New Britain are stepping up to help a police officer in recovery. They’re raising money to help out the family of officer Brett Morgan.

Many of these businesses are donating a portion of sales to the charity fund that was formed on Morgan’s behalf, and already thousands of dollars have been raised.

At Ceglarz Motors on West Main Street in New Britain, anyone who comes in for an oil change this week will also help out the family of a police officer who’s fighting hard to recover from a horrific crime.

“It bothered me,” said Peter Ceglarz. “Especially that I do live in New Britain and a lot of my customers are from New Britain, and this is something I feel is the right thing to do.”

More than a week ago Officer Morgan was investigating a possible stolen vehicle. As Morgan approached, police say the car was driven into him, dragging him about 100 feet down the road. Jaheem Snype, 19, faces charges of attempted murder and other offenses in the case.

Morgan was rushed to the hospital fighting for his life.

Snype was picked up in Vermont, near the Canadian border three days later.

Since then the community has stepped up to help, and businesses like Peter Ceglarz’ are doing their part to give back.

At the Leaves and Pages Coffee House nearby, a collection is being taken up to help out the family, and for every beverage that was purchased Monday a dollar went to the Brett Morgan Benefit Fund.

{sOT – Arlene Palmer \ Leaves and Pages Coffee House – 7:59:56 – “We know a lot of the people on the police department, and they’ve been really good to us,” said Arlene Palmer of Leaves and Pages. “And as soon as we heard that happened, we felt very strongly that we had to something to help both he and his family.”

New Britain Police Chief Jim Wardwell says Officer Morgan is recovering as best as he can given his severe injuries, but he says the family is grateful for the outpouring of support.

{SOT – Chief Jim Wardwell \ New Britain Police Department – 17:53:03 – “It’s been a bit of a nightmarish week for them, but this type of support coming from the community is really going a long way to just help lighten their load just a little bit,” Chief Wardwell said.

Click here to learn more about the Officer Brett Morgan Benefit Fund and how to help.

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