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READING, Penn. -- Wawa presented a check for $20,156 to the head of Reading's police union late last week. The money is to benefit a scholarship fund set up for the two young sons of Officer Scott Wertz, a nine-year veteran of the Reading Police, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on August 6, 2006.
From August 7 to August 16, all seven Wawa stores in Berks County collected money for the fallen hero’s family, according to a report by WFMZ-TV Online. The idea for the collection came from a Wawa worker who went to school with Wertz. More than $15,000 was donated by customers; Wawa chipped in the other $5,000.
John Woytko, general manager of the Wawa in Wyomissing, told WFMZ-TV that the community’s generosity has been overwhelming. His store's collection canisters were filled with money in just a couple hours on the first morning.
"My first projection was about $10,000 and it went way beyond that … I mean people in this community really care and they did something about it," he said. "They see the newspaper and they're running out to their car to get more money because they're just coming in with their coffee money and they're bringing more money back with them."