Wife of former State Trooper Cpl. Stephen Ballard donates PPE to police agencies

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Louise Cummings Honors Husband’s Sacrifice with Statewide Effort to Aid Officers during the coronavirus pandemic.

New Castle (DE): The late wife of Delaware State Trooper CPL. Stephen Ballard, who was killed in the line of duty in 2017, is honoring her husbands sacrifice to aid other law enforcement officers in Delaware amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Cummings launched a fundraising campaign to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) to distribute to local law enforcement agencies in Delaware. Her fundraising campaign, has raised more than $8,000.

The Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) Police Department recently received a donation of sixty-five (65) face shields to help ensure its officers are protected against the COVID-19 pandemic. All DRBA officers are now equipped with N-95 respirator masks, nitrile disposable gloves, and face shields.

“Through her efforts, the DRBA Police Department is one of many law enforcement agencies in the State of Delaware to receive this PPE donation.”, said James Salmon, DRBA spokesman

“We’re extremely grateful to be one of the agencies to receive this generous and thoughtful donation,” said Richard Arroyo, DRBA police administrator. “Her efforts to aid police officers on the front lines during this crisis is a fitting tribute to her husband’s memory.”

“On the third anniversary of my husband’s death, I felt I had to do something to make sure our law enforcement professionals are protected against this deadly virus,” Cummings said. “My goal is to care for our law enforcement officers the way I would have wanted my husband to be cared for during such a challenging time. God bless our first responders!”

Cummings is coordinating with Hardwire LLC, a Maryland vendor that is providing the face shields at bulk pricing.


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