Custom-built free caskets donated to families of murdered officers
BATON ROUGE - A special donation for three murdered law enforcement officers and their families arrived in Baton Rouge Thursday.
Trey Ganem owns a company that makes specialized caskets. He says when we learned of the tragedy that occurred in Baton Rouge, he and his team immediately got to work, building caskets for the officers free-of-charge.
"I just felt compelled," Ganem told News 2. "This is something that if they would have it, that I definitely want to go ahead and pay it forward."
Thursday, he met with the wife of BRPD Officer Matthew Gerald. He delivered his special casket, adorned with stars and stripes, a nod to his military background.
"She was like, 'he would have loved it, he would have loved it. He wouldn't have wanted to be in some plain casket. It was like you knew him,'" Ganem says.
Ganem says he was inspired to give back after the shooting in his home state of Texas that left 5 officers in Dallas dead.
"I just took everything in and said, 'you know, we need something for our law enforcement officers that are out there everyday trying to protect and serve us."
Ganem's team of 9 worked non-stop for 6-hours per casket, also creating them for Brad Garafola and Montrell Jackson.