WESTFIELD, NJ — Tamaques Elementary School fifth grader Benjamin Handwerker, a goalie for Cranford Hockey Club's Squirt A team, collected $2,500 recently for the Westfield PBA Local 90 with his “Ben’s Stops for Cops” hockey fundraiser.
“I thought it would be a good thing to do because not all of the police officers get support every day,” Handwerker said at last week’s town council meeting, where he and some of his teammates presented the check to members of the PBA. “I figured I’d make that a more common thing.”
“The way this all began was Benjamin has a good relationship with a lot of the Westfield officers because of my work as public defender,” his father, Gavin Handwerker, told TAP into Westfield. “He loves visiting the station and enjoys doing things like bringing the officers food during the holidays because he knows they work very hard and sometimes cannot be with their families. After some of the police officer killings in New York City he was very concerned about the officers here and he started asking about doing something else for them.”
Handwerker’s coach spoke at last week’s meeting.
“I couldn’t be prouder for his efforts,” he said. “It was very heartfelt that he wanted to make a difference and I think he did a wonderful job.”