ROTTERDAM -- Hundreds of people poured into the Elks Lodge on Curry Rd. Friday to raise money for the family of State Trooper David Cunniff, who was killed in the line of duty late last year.
The money will benefit Cunniff’s wife, Amy, and their two young boys, Zachary, 5, and Caleb, 7. Caleb is living with an incurable genetic disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy II (SMA).
"It's been amazing, overwhelming, but in a good way," Cunniff’s wife, Amy, said of the turnout. "It's really revealed the good side of people."
Amy said her husband always dreamed of building a house that is totally accessible to Caleb’s wheelchair -- one with a pool, because he can only use his legs normally in the water.
So, about two months ago, State Police Troop T Station Commander Brian Dollard, Sgt. Nick Marano, and Trooper Scott Claus began planning the fundraiser.