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Burg Simpson Supports the Jeremy Bitner Fallen Officer Fund

By Heidi Culbertson

May 11, 2020  

ENGLEWOOD, CO – MAY 11, 2020 – The annual Jeremy Bitner Memorial Run is held in honor of Englewood Police Detective Jeremy Bitner. Detective Bitner lost his life in the line of duty on May 28, 2012, after being struck and killed by a drunk driver while performing a routine traffic stop.

Jeremy served the Englewood Police Department for 8 years, and during the time he was assigned to patrol, he was a SWAT team member and a Field Training Officer. He loved being a police officer and serving his community. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend to many. Proceeds raised from The Jeremy Bitner Fallen Memorial 5K/10K Run benefit the Fallen Officer Fund, to assist the families of fallen law enforcement officers in the State of Colorado.

Burg Simpson Supports Families of Fallen Officers

Shareholder Nick Fogel is a founding board member of the Jeremy Bitner Fallen Officer Fund. The Fund was created in honor of Detective Bitner and provides assistance to the families of fallen officers. Since its inception, the Fund has provided assistance to families of the last 16 law enforcement members killed in the line of duty.

This year, the Bitner Fund has approved a donation to the family of El Paso County Deputy Jeff Hopkins. Officer Hopkins lost his life in April of 2020 due to complications related to COVID-19.

The 2020 Memorial Run

Due to the recent developments amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control pertaining to large gatherings, the Jeremy Bitner Fallen Officer Fund Board of Directors has postponed the 8th annual Jeremy Bitner Fallen Officer 5k/10k Run & 5k Walk, which had been scheduled for Saturday, June 20, 2020. As soon as it is safe to reschedule the event, the board will update its website and social media pages.

Register Now for the Virtual 5k Run/Walk or 10k Run

If you are interested in assisting families of fallen officers, the foundation is now offering a virtual race during the entire month of June. Sign up here to register your own 5k run/walk or 10k run, and post your results to the Jeremy Bitner Fallen Officer Fund Facebook page. If you top your own personal record, bragging rights are allowed!  After the virtual race ends on June 30th, the foundation will send you a race shirt, once they compile a list of all participants based on your registration. Feel free to reach out to the foundation with questions about the event by clicking here. Take care of yourself and your family!

To contribute to the Jeremy Bitner Fallen Officer Fun, please, click here.

About Nick Fogel

Burg Simpson shareholder Nick Fogel is proud to be a founding board member of the Jeremy Bitner Fallen Officer Fund. The Fund was created in honor of Detective Jeremy Bitner, who was killed by a drunk driver while in the line of duty.

The fund provides assistance to the families of officers that have been killed in the line of duty.

Nick is also the practice group leader for Burg Simpson’s Workers’ Compensation team. The firm’s workers’ compensation department has been recognized by US News and World Report with Tier One Status, the highest-ranking available. Mr. Fogel’s practice is devoted to those who have been injured while working on the job and in the line of duty.

About Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine

 One of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine has a reputation for fighting relentlessly and successfully for victims of negligence, malfeasance, malpractice, and abuse. Burg Simpson has secured more than $1 billion in verdicts, settlements, and judgments in practice areas spanning dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and devices, medical malpractice, personal injury, commercial litigation and whistleblowers, construction defects, workers’ compensation, bad faith insurance litigation, and product liability, including more than 100 recoveries in excess of $1 million.

The firm was founded in 1976 by distinguished American trial lawyer Michael Burg, an inductee in the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Clarence Darrow Award. Mr. Burg has been named to the 2016 RoundTable: America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers by The Trial Lawyer magazine; Barrister’s Best as “Best Civil Litigator”; and one of “America’s 50 Leading Trial Lawyers” by The U.S. Legal 500. Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine now more than 70 lawyers, and has offices in 7 cities across the U.S.

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