Benefit to raise money for kids of sergeant, 32, who died from stroke

By Luke Nozicka||

BERKELEY — A benefit at a pizzeria in Bayville will raise money for the children of a 32-year-old township police sergeant who died Friday after suffering a stroke while on duty.

Twenty-five percent of the proceeds at the benefit Wednesday at Tony’s Pizza will go to the children of Sgt. Alison Wray, a post on Facebook by the police department said. The pizza parlor is located at 40 Atlantic City Blvd.

Wray, a member of the Berkeley police force for nine years, leaves behind her two children, ages 2 and 4, her fiance, Berkeley Sgt. Henry Ganska, and her two stepchildren, ages 11 and 15.

“Alison was a mother of beyond belief, she often joked about being the stereotypical ‘PTA Mother’ and often was very eccentric, to say the least, about proper care for her children,” her family wrote on an online fundraiser page to raise money for her children.

The fundraiser, posted on Saturday, has raised more than $8,000.

Wray joined the Berkeley police force as a member of the Patrol Division in 2008 after graduating from the Atlantic County Police Academy.

Berkeley police Chief Karin DiMichele said Wray excelled in that division, quickly moving up the ranks to sergeant in 2015. She was known for her intelligence, compassion and dedication to her officers, whom she considered family, the chief said.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.