Fundraisers Held for Injured New Britain Officer

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    The New Britain community is coming together to help a local police officer, Officer Brett Morgan, who is hospitalized after being run over by a car and dragged last weekend while chasing a suspect.

    Several fundraisers have been set up to help Morgan and his family deal with the medical expenses.

    Arlene Palmer, the owner of Leaves and Pages, a coffee shop in New Britain, said she considers all the police officers her regular customers and wanted to give back.

    Her store is donating $1 from the sale of every hot drink directly to the fund set up for Officer Morgan.

    “I wanted to make sure that I came here and that I contributed,” Jackie Maddy, a customer, said.

    Leaves and Pages is not only contributing a portion of their profits, but they’ve also set up what they call Brett’s Basket so people can donate even more.

    Palmer said they were devastated by what happened to Morgan, but they are focusing on the good news that he’s starting to get better.

    Ceglarz Motors is also donating part of the proceeds from oil changes to the Officer Morgan fund.

    “It’s not just about me. It’s about them as well. They’re here to protect and serve us and I feel that it’s my job to help out as well,” Pete Ceglarz said.

    How to Help:


    Leaves & Pages Coffee House, at 59 West Main St. in New Britain, will hold a fundraiser today from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For every coffee, tea, or hot chocolate beverage purchased on Monday, $1 will go to the Brett Morgan Benefit Fund.

    Ceglarz Motors, 581 West Main St. in New Britain, will hold a fundraiser from Jan. 27 to Jan. 31, and donate 20 percent of all oil changes done during this time to the Officer Brett Morgan Benefit Fund. Call 860-224-3532 to schedule an appointment.


    Staropolska Restaurant, at 252 Broad St. in New Britain, is holding a fundraiser on Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Ten percent of all sales today will be donated to Officer Morgan’s Benefit Fund at the New Britain Police Department.

    Feb. 1:

    Belvedere Café and Restaurant, at 82 Broad St. in New Britain, will hold a fundraiser on Feb. 1, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. The bar will donate 15 percent of that night earnings to Brett Morgan. There will be raffle prizes with gifts and donations from small business owners. There will also be a professional arm wrestling table on the side and for a New Britain Police Department vs. customers match. DJ JayDee will provide music.

    Feb. 23:

    Bolo Bakery & Café in Plainville will host a fundraiser on Feb. 23, from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    The Bolo Bakery & Café, at 33 Whiting St. in Plainville, will donate 25 percent of all sales to Officer Morgan’s Benefit Fund at the New Britain Police Department. Donations will also be accepted.

    The Fund:

    The New Britain Police Department and New Britain Police Union have set up the Brett Morgan Benefit Fund at TD Bank.

    To donate to the fund, go to any TD Bank branch and ask to make a contribution to the Brett Morgan Benefit Fund c/o Robert Martin New Britain Police Department.

    You can also donate by mailing checks to the New Britain Police Department, Brett Morgan Benefit Fund, 10 Chestnut Street, New Britain CT, 06051. Checks should be made payable to the “Brett Morgan Benefit Fund.”

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