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Donation in Memory

David Hershey Donates to

The Porter County Sheriff's Dept

In Memory of his Wife Jane Hershey

David Hershey presents a Check to Sergeant Ed Clapp

 

On May 6, 2002 Mrs. Jane Hershey was killed while riding her motorcycle on County Rd. 650W at Jones Rd. in Union Township. The investigation, conducted by Sgt. Ed Clapp of the Porter County Sheriff’s Department determined that the cause of the crash could be attributed to improper assembly of the motorcycle, which had but 14 miles on the odometer at the time.

In appreciation for the work done by Sgt. Clapp, Mr. David Hershey presented a check to the Sheriff’s Department on August 24 in the amount of $5000.00. He asked that the funds be used toward the purchase of body armor for officers.

Chief David Lain said that through this generous donation, Jane Hershey’s memory will be kept alive every time a Sheriff’ officer dons their protective vest. He also thanks Sgt. Clapp for his diligent and tenacious investigation.

 

Hobart man donates $5,000 to police

Aug. 26, 2004 By Frank Wiget / Post-Tribune staff writer

 

A Hobart man whose wife was killed in a motorcycle accident two years ago at County Road 650W and Jones Road in Union Township has donated $5,000 to the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.  An investigation of the accident by Sgt. Ed Clapp determined the crash resulted from improper assembly of the motorcycle, which only had 14 miles on the odometer, according to Officer Ryan Jones, Sheriff’s Department spokesman.  Jane Hershey died May 6, 2002, after her new 2002 Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter motorcycle plowed into a utility pole south of Wheeler. Hershey, 51, a bailiff in Lake County, received delivery of the motorcycle two days before the fatal crash. She was on her way to Valparaiso to show her brother her new bike, with her husband, David, in a car ahead of her. David Hershey presented a $5,000 check to the Porter County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday, saying it was in appreciation of the work done by Clapp. Hershey asked that the money be used toward the purchase of body armor for officers.  “If the money can save the life of even one officer it is well worth it,” David Hershey, 57, said Wednesday evening. Hershey did file a lawsuit against the Lake County motorcycle dealership where they purchased the motorcycle. A settlement was reached in June, but Hershey cannot disclose the amount under an agreement he signed, he said.  “I appreciated what Sgt. Clapp did to determine the cause,” said Hershey, a electrical instrument technician at Dover Chemical in Hammond.  Porter County police chief Deputy David Lain said that through the generous donation, Jane Hershey’s memory will be kept alive every time a sheriff’s officer dons their protective vest.

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