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New Britain rallies around injured officer

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NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

One week after a New Britain police officer's was hit and run over by a stolen vehicle, a community is coming together.

A number of businesses in New Britain are holding benefits for Officer Brett Morgan.

Inside Leaves and Pages, the coffee and tea is sure to warm anyone up on a cold January day, but for many of its regular customers, it's the warm feeling they're getting after filling up.

"I thought it was fabulous that some in downtown New Britain are going to do something," New Britain resident Nicki LaPorte said.

The coffee shop and bookstore next to City Hall is donating $1 of every hot drink ordered to Officer Morgan.

"They're great people," New Britain resident Caleb Coles said. "They've got big hearts and obviously with what they're doing today, it shows."

Morgan continues to recover after getting run over and dragged nearly 100 feet by a stolen car last Sunday night.

On Wednesday, police arrested Jaheem Snype, 19, and charged him with attempted murder and assaulting a police officer.

"We started putting the basket out Friday and Saturday, even though the fundraiser was today and we collected over $200 in those two days," Arlene Palmer, of Leaves and Pages said.

Plenty of other businesses are getting on the act as well. On Tuesday Starpolska Restaurant on Broad Street will donate 10 percent of all its sales and on Saturday night, the Belvedere Café and Restaurant bar will donate 15 percent of its earnings.

"Anything we can do to help out," Pete Ceglarz, of Ceglarz Motors said. "Anything to raise money. Ten percent right off the rip goes straight to the officer."

All week, Ceglarz Motors on West Main Street is running a special as well, funneling 20 percent of every oil change to the relief fund.

"We had a customer drop off a vehicle for a windshield that's being replaced (Monday) morning, at the same time she requested an oil change. I told her about the fundraiser and it was just automatic," Ceglarz said.

A full list of fundraisers can be found on the New Britain Police Department website here.

You can also donate to the fund at any TD Bank location by asking for the The Brett Morgan Benefit Fund or by mailing a check to the address below:

The New Britain Police Department
Brett Morgan Benefit Fund
10 Chestnut St.
New Britain, CT 06051

Checks should be made payable to the Brett Morgan Benefit Fund.

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