‘Butch’ Hamer Honored For His Work in Middle Township and Community

'Butch' Hamer Honored For His Work in Middle Township  and Community

In his own quiet way, Burgess "Butch" Hamer has contributed in a variety of ways to the community where he grew up — as a Middle Township police officer for 26 years, a member of the Middle Township School Board for 10 years, president of AARP Chapter #1182, and as an organizer of the Police Department's annual National Night Out. He also found time to head hs own business, Hamer's School of Karate.

At a recent Middle Township meeting, Hamer was honored for his many contributions to the community. As Police Chief Christopher Leusner said, "Butch does not just talk about commitment to his community, he follows through in his actions because he cares about his community and the Middle Township Police Department is grateful for his service."

It was noted that in helping the Police Department initiate its National Night Out, Hamer organized the vendors and raised the funds to operate the event — and has continued to do so every year since — although he has been retired from the Police Department since 2007.

Butch was also one of four people honored for their achievements and contributions to the community by the Christ Gospel AGAPE Community Life Center at a banquet May 30. The other honorees were Dr. Terri Bridge-Jackson, Rev. Willie L. Johnson, Jr.  and Theodore "Teddy" Bryan.

The keynote speaker, Professor Minnie Callendar, introduced each of the honorees who, in their own ways, had contributed greatly to their community. Teddy Bryan was a social studies teacher at Middle Township High School for 37 years, where he taught courses in world history, American history and government, African American history and Holocaust studies. He was chairman of the Social Studies Department when he retired in 2011.

Dr. Teresa Bridge-Jackson, a native of Atlantic City, NJ, is board certified in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine. A graduate of Rutgers University and its Medical School, she practiced at Cape Regional Medical Center for 24 years and is currently on staff at the Galloway Urgent Care Medical Center.

Rev. Willie L. Johnson, Jr. is the Pastor of Eureka Baptist Church in Wildwood,NJ. The son of the late Pastor W.L. Johnson, Sr., he has served in many capacities through the years prior to being licensed as a minister of the gospel in 1999, including bible study teacher, worship leader and choir director. He has also been an employee of the South Jersey Gas Company for the past 25 years.

Each of the honorees, as Professor Callendar said, has contributed something special to the community over the years and they have earned our respect and thanks for their efforts.