Locked in a dogfight for his congressional seat, U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-2) today told InsiderNJ he would match the $5,000 reward offered by the State Troopers Fraternal Association for information leading to the arrest of whoever desecrated Trooper Bertram T. Zimmerman’s memorial.
“I know the Zimmerman family and was at the dedication of this very memorial which was in part the work of a local Eagle Scout,” said Van Drew. “It’s just around the corner from where I live and serves as a constant reminder to all of us who pass by that our brave men and women in law enforcement, particularly those like Trooper Zimmerman who made the ultimate sacrifice don’t deserve to be demeaned, diminished, or defunded.
“The Defund the Police movement has no place in South Jersey and I am willing to match the $5,000 reward being offered by the State Troopers Fraternal Association, the State Troopers Non-Commissioned Officers Association, and the State Troopers Superior Officers Association for information leading the arrest and conviction of those responsible,” the congressman added.
Yesterday, the roadside memorial in honor of Trooper Bertram T. Zimmerman, III, located on State Highway 83, in Dennis Township, Cape May County, sustained a savage desecration and vandalization by “a cowardly vandal or group of vandals,” according to the New Jersey State police.
Trooper Zimmerman served with the New Jersey State Police with honor and distinction and was assigned to a special task force in 2004, in response to a string of armed robberies of convenience stores in the Dennis Township area. Trooper Zimmerman, in his brave response to a robbery call made the ultimate sacrifice after his troop car struck a utility pole on State Highway 83.
The three state police unions, the State Troopers Fraternal Association, the State Troopers Non-Commissioned Officers Association, and the State Troopers Superior Officers Association stated jointly that the disrespect or degradation of our state troopers and all men and women who serve in law enforcement will not be tolerated.
“The State Troopers Fraternal Association, the State Troopers Non-Commissioned Officers Association, and the State Troopers Superior Officers Association are offering a reward of $5000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the classless actors who perpetrated this heinous crime,” the officers said.