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Auction planned for injured W.Va. trooper

November 01, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

An auction to benefit West Virginia State Police Trooper R.J. Elswick, who was shot in the line of duty earlier this month, is being planned for January by members of the Hagerstown Police Department's Street Crime Unit.

Already several autographed hockey pucks - including one from Mario Lemieux - have been secured, said Officer Todd Webster, who is coordinating the auction.

There also will be autographed baseball cards from Derek Jeter, Robin Yount, and Roberto Alomar, and an autographed football from Doug Flutie.

Webster said the officers are seeking donations from anyone who has collectibles and would like to donate to this cause. They also are soliciting businesses to donate gift certificates.

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"Our goal is also to get a couple of celebrities to do signings," Webster said.

All proceeds will assist Elswick, who was shot in the head on Oct. 10 and has been at Washington County Hospital ever since. His condition Thursday night was serious.

Not all the items are sports related, Webster said. There have been several Longaberger Basket donations.

Any person or business wishing to donate collectibles can contact the police department at 301-739-8577, ext. 235, or drop their donations off at the Hagerstown Police Department from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Items can also be picked up if someone is unable to drop them off.

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