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Some Feel Timing of Police Fundraiser Inappropriate

Posted July 18, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A radiothon was one of several fund-raising efforts for the family of slain Raleigh police detective Paul Hale. Some will continue for weeks. But some people are upset about the tactics of one fund raising effort.

Detective Paul Hale's funeral brought the city to a stop Tuesday. Hundreds mourned openly. Thousands poured out their hearts to his family. But Gena Bartimak is upset. Her employer got a call the next day from the Wake County Fraternal Order of Police.

"I just think that the citizens need to know that this organization is out there," Bartimak says. "They do good at some times, but this is an inappropriate time to be soliciting money."

Hundreds of people have given to Paul Hale's family through organizations and even in buckets like the one set up at Brigg's Hardware. The radiothon attracted thousands, and they gave willingly. Now the death of Sharpsburg Police Chief Wayne Hathaway may bring more fundraisers. Attorney General Mike Easley warns not to send money to telephone solicitors until you check them out.

Easley believes this is the time when people of no conscious and no heart are going to try to take advantage of those of us who care very deeply and appreciate what law enforcement does.

WRAL'sTom Lawrencetried to contact the Fraternal Order of Police. He got the same recording others get when trying to check them out. Gena and others are lodging complaints agains the wake County Fraternal Order of Police with the Attorney General's office.

The Police Benevolent Association works closely with police officers and their families in times of stress. That organization has no plan for a fund raising effort for either Detective Hale or Chief Hathaway.