As the community continues to heal from the loss of Bryan County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Robert “Bobby” Crapse, many residents — and other communities — are banding together through fundraising efforts to show love and support for his family.
Following Crapse’s death June 15, a Crapse Memorial Fund was set up at The Heritage Bank in Pembroke. Donations to that fund may be made at any branch of The Heritage Bank.
Another memorial fund was established at First Chatham Bank by the Police and Firefighters Emerald Society of Southeast Georgia to help with funeral costs. Donations can be made to that fund at First Chatham Bank, Richmond Hill Bank, FEB or FGB.
In addition to those memorial funds, other efforts are ongoing to help the family.
Local resident and family friend Briana Phillips has started the Sgt. Crapse T-shirt fundraiser and is using Facebook to promote it.
“I work at the sheriff’s department and I’ve personally known the family a long time,” Phillips said. “My mom has been an (Bryan County) officer for 15 years and I’ve known them for a good while, and I just think it was a good way to help the family out.”
All proceeds from the shirts, which are $30 each, go to the Crapse family, Phillips said. She hopes to raise around $4,000.
Phillips said cash or money orders can be dropped off at the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office in North or South Bryan, or at the Richmond Hill Police Department. She said she will place an order for shirts every Friday through July 27.
Additionally, Donnie Routh, owner of the Richmond Hill Baldino’s sub restaurant in the Clyde’s market at the intersection of highways 144 and 17, has slated a fundraiser. Set for June 30, Routh said 50 percent of the restaurant’s sales that day will go toward supporting the Crapse family.
Routh said he is a part-time reserve officer with the Richmond Hill Police Department and wanted to do his part to help.
For more about fundraising efforts, pick up a copy of the June 23 edition of the News.