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Auction items pouring in for injured W.Va. trooper

November 25, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

What do a Mario Lemieux autographed hockey puck, a baseball signed by Derek Jeter and a Dale Jarrett hat have in common? They are all going on the block in January during an auction in Hagerstown to benefit a West Virginia trooper shot last month in the line of duty.

Hagerstown City Police, Maryland State Police and Washington County Sheriff's deputies have pooled resources to hold the Jan. 19 auction at the Four Points Sheraton.

All proceeds will benefit Trooper R.J. Elswick, who remains hospitalized in Georgia after being shot in the head during a domestic call in the Hedgesville, W.Va., area on Oct. 10.

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The auction should begin around 3 p.m., said Officer Todd Webster, who is heading the effort for Hagerstown City Police.

Even though the list of items provided for the auction is substantial, Webster said he hopes businesses and citizens will continue to assist by either donating items for the auction or making monetary contributions.

In addition to the above mentioned items, the auction will also feature four Aberdeen Ironbirds baseball hats, five Meadowlark Lemon autographed basketballs, autographed Ken Griffey Jr. and Mark McGwire Wheaties boxes, a Brooks Robinson autographed baseball, a Doug Flutie autographed football, a Derek Jeter autographed rookie card, a Richard Petty autographed poster, a Cal Ripken Sr. autographed baseball card and a Mark Blount autographed baseball hat, to name a few.

Other collectible items donated so far include a shadow box Civil War bullet, button and ball; an Amy Grant autograph; dozens of cash gift cards; guitars; a three-day vacation getaway; a Greaseman autographed book; several golf outings and a duck/goose hunt.

Food gift certificates have been donated by Texas Roadhouse, Ground Round, Roccoco, Garfield's, Four Points Sheraton, Burhans Station, Brother's Pizza, Rhubarb House and TGI Friday's, as well as Phil and Jerry's meat certificates.

There's even a certificate for free legal advice.

Items or money for pickup can be arranged by calling 301-739-8577, ext. 235.

Almost since the day of the shooting, area police and fire companies have sprung into action to help the Elswick family with medical and other expenses.

Firefighters from Eastern Panhandle volunteer fire departments raised money with a boot drive.

When Elswick was still at Washington County Hospital, members of the Hagerstown City Police and the Maryland State Police brought food to the hospital for Elswick's family members and helped out with lodging for them, said West Virginia State Police Sgt. Deke Walker.

David Eugene Munday, 37, allegedly shot Elswick after Elswick and Trooper John Droppleman responded to a call about a possible domestic situation on Harper Lane, police said. When Munday saw police arriving, he left a nearby home carrying a .22 magnum bolt action rifle, court records said.

Munday ignored orders to put down the gun and shot Elswick, police allege.

Droppleman returned fire and wounded Munday. Munday was treated at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., and is being held without bail in the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg on charges unrelated to the shooting.

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