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Money raised to help slain correctional officer's family

February 21, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN

erinc@herald-mail.com

Help for slain correctional officer Jeffery Wroten's family has been coming from a variety of sources.

A collection at Maryland Correctional Training Center raised more than $6,000.

Earlier this month, a man handed them a check.

In March, a local business will try to raise money for them by cutting hair.

The Maryland Division of Correction also announced that it plans to support the family of the former Roxbury Correctional Institution officer, who was killed while on duty in late January.

Wroten, 44, was shot Jan. 26 in a Washington County Hospital patient room while guarding a hospitalized inmate.

Division of Correction Commissioner Frank C. Sizer Jr. met recently with wardens at the Hagerstown prisons, who will form teams to develop ways to permanently honor Wroten and maintain financial and other support for his children, who range in age from 5 to 15 years old, according to a written release.

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"We will do anything we can to help those children, and to honor Officer Wroten's memory," Sizer said.

Officials said the group has received several ideas.

Hair Cuttery at 1733 Dual Highway will host a cut-a-thon March 26 from 6 to 9 p.m., with all proceeds going to Wroten's family, said Melissa Partlow, a stylist there.

She said stylists are not sure how much money will be raised. Each haircut will cost $5, and additional donations will be accepted, Partlow said.

"I just thought it was the thing to do," she said. "It's a quick and easy moneymaker ... whatever we can raise."

The Fraternal Order of Police Maryland State Lodge has donated money to Wroten's family, a representative said earlier this month.

Prisons in Hagerstown, Jessup, Md., and Baltimore have donated money to Wroten's family Maj. Priscilla Doggett said. Other law enforcement agencie also have donated money.

Doggett was not certain how much had been collected.

Wroten will be officially honored by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services during Public Safety Employees Appreciation Week in May. The Department will have a ceremony for him during its annual department-wide awards ceremony.

Teams have been formed by DOC to examine security and transportation procedures specific to Washington County Hospital, officials said. The teams will report whether it would benefit the three prisons to create one centralized unit to handle all inmate court and hospital trips, and provide security coverage for hospital admissions.

Sizer instructed the teams to report to him within 30 days with recommendations on possible changes and the resources required to make such changes.

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