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Fundraiser Saturday in Okauchee

 

Town of Oconomowoc – A benefit will be held Saturday in support of the families of two Waukesha County correctional officers who were involved in a motorcycle crash earlier this year.
 
Cheryl Pederson and Jennifer Sellers were on their way to a bike rally in South Dakota when the accident occurred.
 
Pederson’s bike needed repairs, so she was riding with Sellers at the time.
 
"It was a fluke she on the same bike as Sellers," explained Officer Christina Eggebeen.
 
"There was no alcohol involved and no blame assigned to Officer Seller’s driving," she said.
 
"The driver of the vehicle (that struck the motorcycle) has no assets or insurance. He claimed bankruptcy in 2003 and was driving a rented car that wasn’t rented to him," Eggebeen added.
 
The women were taken by emergency air transport from the scene to a hospital in Rapid City.
 
Butler resident Sellers, 33, died at the hospital; Pederson, 53, of West Allis, was left with multiple injuries.
 
"Cheryl, at this point, is unable to bear any weight on her legs. She is essentially wheelchair-bound," Eggebeen said, until her therapies get her to the point where she can move forward.
 
"The purpose of the benefit is twofold. One of the objects is to celebrate the life of Officer Jennifer Sellers who passed after an accident in Sturgis.
 
"The other is to support the officer, Cheryl Pederson, who survived the crash and came home to us after a $20,000 ambulance ride and has accrued $150,000 in medical bills," the organizer said.
 
Pederson, who has a grandchild and two adult children living with her at her home, has been correctional officer for 15 years.
 
The event, starting at 6 p.m., will be held at Victoria’s Pub and Grill, N51W34911 Wisconsin Ave., in Okauchee.
 
"There will be raffles, a silent auction and a band from 8 p.m. to midnight.
"We are looking for any donations we can secure," she said.
 
"We have an account set up at landmark Credit Union, the Pederson/Sellers Fund," so any donations made after the event can still be accepted.
 
"All profits will be matched by Glenn Welnak at Modern Woodmen of America up to $2,500 and we hope to make at least that," the organizer said.
 
All of the money will go to the cost of medical expenses.
 
"We’re expecting a minimum of 100 people to show up. Pederson and Sellers both are/were exceptional officers. They were professional, team oriented, supportive and ethical and they always had big smiles. It’s affected a lot of people," she said.

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