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Hat and Mitten Drive in Honor of Late Canton Police Officer Christopher H. Bannerman

By Donna Carney

Officer Christopher H. Bannerman was a diligent, hard working and caring young Police Officer who worked for the Canton Police Dept for 8 years.During his time with the town, he often worked as the liaison the youth and the department, fostering a meaningful relationship between Canton children and families and his colleagues. Chris was well-liked as a role model and a mentor to many Canton children and oftentimes went above and beyond when individuals needed it most. His ability to work with the public and his respectful demeanor won him the respect of many teenagers in town as well, and was apparent after his passing in 1997 when numerous children, teens and families adorned Canton high school with signs, and flowers as a Memorial to Chris.

There are many stories to be recounted when thinking of Chris, those of courage and proud police work, and also many involving community endeavors that connected people and made them feel good. Because of his work here in the community and his untimely and early passing, a Scholarship has been set up in Chris' name through Canton High School. The goal of this scholarship is to assist an graduating individual who wants to pursue law and who has a helpful, generous demeanor; essentially this person will exemplify those qualities that folks loved about Chris. In an effort to encourage service to community and to continue honoring Chris through this scholarship, it is asked that donations be sent to Canton High School to honor Officer Christopher Bannerman's memory.

Checks can be sent to Canton High School, 76 Simonds Ave Canton, CT 06019 to continue his scholarship.

My 7-year-old Grandson Denver Osden said That is a great idea and he will collect hats and mittens and send them to a local neighboring school in Christopher's Honor so he too is continuing to keep Chris's memory alive and to keep people helping others. Isn't that what life is all about? Coming from a seven year old it's priceless. You can donate mittens and gloves in  Boxes Cherry Brook School and at these local business Canton McDonald's and Reno's in Canton Village and Ben & Jerry"s and ShopRite in the Shoppes at Farmington Valley. Please if possible support this great cause in memory of a great officer.

Any questions, you can call me 860-693-6346

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