COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. — Virginia State Police joined the Metro Richmond Police Emerald Society for a fundraiser Sunday in honor of fallen Virginia State Trooper Nathan-Michael Smith.
Smith’s family, friends, and locals attended the event at El Caporal’s in Colonial Heights Sunday evening. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go directly to Smith’s family.
The husband, and a father of two was killed on September 21, after a fatal car wreck, when his cruiser flipped into the woods and hit several trees on Route 460 in Dinwiddie County.
Sunday is what would be Smith’s 28th birthday.
Marshall Young of the Metro Richmond Police Emerald Society said the event was a huge success and they had a big turnout.
“We had a lot of people donate stuff for our silent auction and a lot of people donated straight money.” said Young. “It’s been a great event and we’re really pleased with what we are going to be able to provide for the family.”
Young said he didn’t yet know how much money they raised, but he did say they sold out of shirts and coins.
“Everything we’ve done has seemed to fly off the shelves,” Young said. “I want to thank everybody that has supported us and supported the family, and helped us put on such a great event.”
The Metro Richmond Police Emerald Society is a organization that raises money for the families of officers killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.
You are also be able to donate on the Metro Richmond Police Emerald Society website, through Paypal to the LODD fund. MRPES ask that donors note, the donation is for Trooper Smith.
In September, Virginia State Police set up a emergency relief fund for Smith’s family. As of September 28, they raised over $8, 000.
Contributions can still be made to the Virginia State Police Association Emergency Relief Fund. Make checks payable to the VSPA-ERF and notate. “Smith” on the memo line of your check. Mail to VSPA. 6944 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA, 23225.
Also, if anyone would like to make an online contribution through Paypal. Visit www.vspa.org and click on Emergency Relief Fund. It is important to put “Smith” in the note section of your Paypal contribution.