Fundraiser for State Trooper Chad Dermyer’s family in Newport News

Posted at 5:06 PM, Apr 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-30 23:44:19-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Hampton Roads community is continuing to show their support for fallen Virginia State Trooper Chad Dermyer.

A fundraiser took place from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m Saturday at the Buffalo Wild Wings in the Yoder Plaza Shopping Center.

The restaurant donated 10 percent of its proceeds to Trooper Dermyer’s family.

Former Hampton Police Officer Mike Martin organized the fundraiser.

"We can definitely feel Chad’s presences here today,” Martin said. “He’s gonna be sorely missed and we look forward to seeing him up there with our good Lord.”

Last month, James Brown lll gunned down 37-year-old Dermyer at a Richmond Greyhound bus station.

Martin said he was devastated about Derymer’s tragic death.

He said their paths crossed over the years when Dermyer was a Newport News police officer.

“No matter when you saw him, his smile was always there. That smile would light up the darkest of rooms. He was a great guy,” Martin said.

Customers came out to eat food, plays games and raise money for Dermyer’s wife and two children.

“The importance to come here today was to show our support and appreciation to the state troopers and other police officers and let them know we are here for you guys,” customer Kevin Hall said.

There is no word yet on how much money has been raised.

Related: Complete coverage on State Trooper Chad Dermyer