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Tree planted in memory of Det. Bill Brewer, a 'burg kid'

Posted at 7:20 PM, Jun 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-01 19:21:03-04

WILLIAMSBURG, Ohio — A permanent symbol of service and sacrifice now memorializes Det. Bill Brewer who was shot to death Feb. 2.

Community members in the village of Williamsburg planted a tree Saturday at the Community Park with an engraved memorial stone. They hope that as the tree grows near the playground, children become more curious about the fallen detective.

“When our kids come over here and play on our playground, they may have questions,” said Mayor Mary Ann Lefker. “They may have thoughts.”

Brewer was a detective with the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, and 1996 graduate of Williamsburg High School. Lefker calls him a “Burg kid.”

“Bill was a good kid. Bill was a good adult. And I’m sure he was a good father and husband. We’re very proud of Bill,” she said.

The tree, donated by Natorp’s, is small, but will serve as a reminder of a man who died protecting others as it grows.

“Out of tragedy comes a lot of things,” Lefker said.

Williamsburg’s annual 5K/10K was also renamed in honor of Brewer. All the proceeds from the race go toward a scholarship fund for Williamsburg students.