LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It’s been a painful week for Charlestown. Mourning the loss of an officer, citizens are now banding together to heal.
Sergeant Ben Bertram was killed Wednesday night when his car hit a tree during a high speed chase.
The community has wasted no time in showing love and support for one of their own and you can see that by driving through the city. Bertram’s name is around every corner, with dozens of businesses putting up signs of condolences.
“It’s just our way to show our support for our community and for our fallen officer,” said Bobbi-Rei Murphy. “It’s just a small community and it hits home.”
Murphy manages Orscheln Farm and Home and says it’s just what this community does for each other in times of need. Murphy says the store wants to donate anything Bertram’s family needs.
“When we lose someone, we all come together to show our love and support. I’m proud to be part of such a community,” said Murphy. “You’re filled with sadness but you’re also just filled with so much love.”
Love now shown through the color Bertram chose to demonstrate his love for his city. Blue. Blue lights for a blue life lost while attempting to stop a man who was allegedly driving a stolen car more than 80 miles an hour in the wrong direction.
Bertram hit a tree in the chase and was killed just an hour after he finished the annual Christmas with a Cop, a Christmas shopping trip with kids in the community. A sacrifice now honored in the square by turning the light display blue.
The Charlestown Chamber of Commerce has put out a call to all businesses in the area to put up signs with messages to Bertram.