MILFORD, Ohio — Sporting blue, junior high students in Milford demonstrate how a few dollars and a lot of caring can go a long way in supporting the family of Deputy Bill Brewer, who died after being shot during a weekend standoff.
"Police officers around us are risking their lives every day," said eighth-grader Mia Gfroerer. "We just never imagine something like this could happen."
Students wore blue shirts and donated dollar bills to Brewer's family Monday. The dollar contributions have added up to $1,138 so far. There are 1,100 students at Milford Junior High School.
Principal Rob Dunn, with help from a Cincinnati police officer and parent, came up with the idea and knew his students and staff members would show their support.
As of right now, $983 has been donated by students and staff. A few students have asked to bring in money tomorrow since they forgot... So we will give a final # on Tuesday. WOW and thanks to everyone!!! pic.twitter.com/a366f4JBN6
— Rob Dunn (@MJHSDunn) February 4, 2019
"We value what police officers do and sacrifices they make," Dunn said. "What they're experiencing as a police force, what they need more than money is to know that people are thinking about them. That people care."
"Even though they're going through this tough time, they know they're being supported by everyone," Gfroerer said.
The support isn't stopping with the junior high students. Students and staff from the entire Milford district will be wearing blue on Friday, the day of Brewer's funeral, and will continue to collect money for the fallen deputy's family.
"Blue -- it's like any other color, but to see so many people wearing it and for a cause, it's great," said eighth-grader Cohen Rice.
Brewer is survived by his wife of 13 years and his 5-year-old son.