When Emergency Task Force (ETF) officers learned that a retired member’s grandson was experiencing health challenges, they jumped into action.
Cole Bragg, the grandson of Dave Bragg who spent almost three decades with the Service before leaving in 2008, was diagnosed with leukemia last July.
Bragg also served with the ETF.
“Dave was a well-respected member of our unit and a lot of the young officers here benefitted from his training and wisdom,” said Sgt. Robert Monteiro. “When his grandson was diagnosed and we grasped the significant financial strain the family will face, we decided we would help in any way we could.”
For just $20, uniformed and civilian officers along with community members can purchase a specially designed T-shirt.
The shirt is grey with a blue design and it has the image of a smurf with the ETF logo on the front and the Canadian flag on a sleeve in child and adult sizes.
Bragg thanked the officers for the assistance.
“The response and support have been beyond belief,” he said. “After being retired for 10 years, to have my Police family rally around my grandson like this is amazing. It only proves something I already knew and that is I was truly privileged to work for a great organization and form deep friendships with so many quality people.”
Monteiro said the response to the fundraiser has been phenomenal.
“Our emergency service partners along with students enrolled in Centennial College’s police foundations program have made purchases,” said Monteiro.
“We will fill the orders and when they are ready for pick-up, we will notify buyers and co-ordinate a centralized drop,” Monteiro said.