In honor of Peter Jerving: Milwaukee company's shirts benefit family

A Milwaukee company, "Shirts and Logos," has created a T-shirt to commemorate the life and service of Milwaukee Police Officer Peter Jerving.

All proceeds will be donated to Officer Jerving's family.

The T-shirt features the fallen officer's badge number on the front and his end of watch date on the back.

The company is selling the shirts for $35 dollars, with all proceeds benefiting the Jerving family.

"We do about 50,000 shirts a year," said Rick Marino, owner.

Jason Baker normally does sales for the company. Baker's older brother worked with Officer Jerving at MPD's District 4 station and was friends with the fallen officer. 

"It’s very emotional. It just hits h

ome," said Baker. "I feel like as a business, it’s the least we could do to show our support and appreciation for the job they do on a daily basis."

After hearing what happened, Baker stepped up to help.

"It’s sad," said Baker. "Really, deep down, it hurts."

Baker went to Marino, and they designed the shirts together with a promise that all proceeds would go to the family.

"Those guys are out there every day protecting us, and when something like that happens, it’s just not right," said Marino.

Within hours of going live on Thursday, dozens of orders had been placed, a tribute to an officer whose memory will be printed on so many hearts.

"Every day, you hear about it, and it’s something we have to stop," said Marino.

The goal is to sell more than 1,000.

According to a post on social media, the Milwaukee Police Department asked the company to help with this fundraiser for the family, which they accepted "with sadness and honor."

They ask that you "please consider helping out by making a purchase" or spreading the word about the fundraiser. 

Milwaukee Police Officer Peter Jerving

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Jerving died after he was shot early Tuesday, Feb. 7 after chasing robbery suspect Terrell Thompson near 14th and Cleveland on the city's south side. Jerving had four years of experience with the Milwaukee Police Department.