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Police and Law Enforcement Home  >  Police News  >  PBA to Aid Slain Officer's Widow


State PBA to Aid Slain Officer's Widow with Judgment

Police and Law Enforcement News

Monday, October 15, 2007 10:10 a.m.

(Official PBA Press Release) The New Jersey State PBA has announced that they will aid the widow of a slain police officer in her battle with her husband’s killer. State PBA President Anthony Wieners met with Elizabeth Bernoskie on Thursday and assured her the PBA would fulfill any financial obligation she had. Wieners said, “Bette you no longer have to worry, you can go about your life, our 33,000 are her to defend you”.

Wieners said he was not sure where the money was going to come from to pay any debt to the killer, but he did not want her to waist one more minute worrying. “I have heard that you have been having trouble sleeping and eating – today that stops as we will take on your battle,” he said. He said the PBA has a longstanding history of caring for its own and we are here for you.

Wieners gave Bernoskie a letter detailing the union’s commitment. It read;


I want to let you know that the sacrifice Charles made some 49 years ago has not been forgotten. Charles was a member of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association and committed to his community and fellow officers. The bond that was formed so many years ago will not be broken; it will pass from generation to generation.

I also want you to know that the sacrifice you and your family have made can never be forgotten. In Charles’ loss you have sacrificed holidays, birthdays, and numerous quiet moments. I know the loss of these days can never be replaced. Today marks an end to your losses. You will not lose anymore sleep, or dinners, or special moments with family and friends. Our 33,000 members will step in to be your defender. I want you to go on and enjoy your life and family.


I am committed to ensuring that what ever final court decisions are rendered your financial obligation will be met by us. You no longer have to wait for a court ruling; the ruling was made years ago by Charles sacrifice. In making that sacrifice he gave his life with the knowledge that his fellow officers had his back. Today we back up that pledge.

You and your family will always be on our minds and in our hearts. If there is anything you need please reach out to me.

The case is still working its way through the court system and a final decision has not been made on repayment. The next court date is October 19th.


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Monday, October 15, 2007 10:10 a.m.

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