The Bucks County Community Foundation is holding a fundraiser for a 22-year Middletown Township police officer who is battling with stage 4 colon cancer. On Wednesday, May 31, the entire community is invited to Heritage Hall from 7 to 11 p.m.
Detective David Strother, who served in the army prior to his service with the MTPD, is also a Pennsbury graduate. Having lived in Lower Bucks for decades, he has a unique perspective of interacting with the community as an officer.
“It’s been a wonderful experience, constantly changing and evolving, getting to see as the township grows, and meeting quite a few of the residents,” Strother said. “All around, for the most part, we have some good people here in town.”
In the face of his diagnosis, Strother remains dignified. However, he understands going on patrol is no longer a realistic option.
“Things have to change,” Strother said. “The side of effects of the chemo are preventing me from being able to continue on as a cop, so I have to move on and find something else.”
Detective Aileen Torrente has worked with Det. Strother in the Middletown Township Police Department for thirteen years. When asked about Strother’s character, Torrente’s admiration poured through.
“David Strother was an extremely dedicated police officer,” Torrente said. “Dave is a very loyal person and I knew I could always count on him for anything. When I was promoted to detective 5 years ago and being a new detective, I knew I could go to him for help.”
Additionally, the 22-year officer spoke highly of his family and the support they have shown throughout his experience.
“Dave and I worked very well together and I always considered him my brother. He would do anything for anybody,” Torrente said. “Dave definitely left his mark here at Middletown and he will always be a part of this family.”
Tickets to the fundraiser are $50 and include beer, buffet, and music. A cash bar is available.
Anyone looking for more information or to purchase a ticket can contact Robin Kemmerer at 215-949-0810. Heritage Hall is located at 2445, New Falls Road in Levittown.