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Virginia Police Chiefs Launch Fundraising Campaign for Slain Bridgewater College Police Officers

The Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (VACLEA) and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) have created a fundraising campaign on to support the families of Bridgewater College Campus Police Officer John Painter and Campus Safety Officer J.J. Jefferson who were killed in the line of duty on February 1, 2022.

Because Bridgewater College is a private institution, Officer Painter and CSO Jefferson do not qualify for Line of Duty Death benefits from from the state like other police officers do. However, their duty and sacrifice are no different than their municipal and state counterparts. They are heroes who intervened and prevented a greater tragedy on that campus.

Please help honor these officers by contributing to this fund, no matter how big or small. Every bit helps and VACLEA and VACP are grateful for any amount you can donate! If you cannot donate, they ask that you please share the campaign so others will learn of their effort to support these families.

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