Local Fraternal Order of Police needs community’s help with repairs

A crack in the roof at the Fraternal Order of Police in Courtland. 

COURTLAND, Va. (WAVY) — A local police order is asking for the community’s help to repair its lodge.

The Robert A. Hill, Sr. Fraternal Order of Police #56, located in Courtland, says its building is in desperate need of repair.

“The roof is fine but it’s getting water underneath the membrane. We have several towels turning brown from water coming through,” said Richard Walker, the order’s first vice president.

Walker says the water has also caused bricks to crack and there’s mold. They also need new carpet and a paint job.

President Josh Wyche says a contractor told them it would cost around $55,000 to fix repairs.

“We are small in numbers when it comes to this lodge, but we have the dream we can accomplish this with the community’s help,” he said.

The order is named after fallen state trooper Robert A.Hill, Sr., who died in 2006 after he was hit by a car.

Wyche says the order continues to honor his memory by turning the lodge into a store for parents to pick up free holiday gifts for their children.

“In order to keep his dream alive, we must do something to this building if we’re going to bring kids in each year,” he said.

The order, which has helped the community year after year, is now asking for other to return the favor.

“If it’s in your heart to help, help,” Wyche said.

If you would like to donate or help fix repairs, visit https://www.gofundme.com/robert-a-hill-sr-fop-56?member=533276.

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