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Firefighters, police officers raise money for fallen trooper

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OAKLAND COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

For many, Labor Day is a time to enjoy one of the few remaining weekends of summer, but one fire department gave up their holiday to help a family dealing with a terrible loss.

Less than two weeks ago Trooper Chad Wolf died in a motorcycle accident while patrolling on I-75. He has since been laid to rest, but the outpouring of support continues.

“I hope his family’s good. We’ve been praying for him,” said Brad Ryerse, driver.

Ryerse was driving through Oakland County's Groveland Township when he saw volunteers holding boots. They were looking to raise money for Wolf’s family.

The volunteers were from fire departments, police departments and just regular residents trying to do their part to help out.

The Groveland Township Fire Chief Steve McGee said it was a no brainer to get involved. His department was close with Wolf.

“Trooper Wolf worked out of here as a detachment. A lot of us know him really well. That’s very hard for a big area, the regional fire departments,” McGee said.

Driver after driver stopped and were willing to donate without asking questions.

“I know that police are out there to protect us, whatever it takes to take care of them,” said Anna Alvarez, driver.

For Ryerse, he’s heartbroken by the loss, bus is glad people are stepping up to help.

“Doing what he does is a very hard job and I respect these people very much,” he said.

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