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Oct 31, 2015 11:32 AM

Fundraiser planned to help family of North Hampton police officer who died unexpectedly

DURHAM — Oyster River parents and students are planning a fundraiser to help the family of a local police officer who died unexpectedly earlier this month.

Shelby Cormier is a sixth-grade teacher and the wife of North Hampton Officer Peter Cormier, who died of a heart attack on Oct. 3. She is also the mother of 17-month-old twins.

“Shelby Cormier is a beloved teacher in our district,” Lyndi Sargent, one of the organizers, told “All the kids really enjoyed having her, and they wanted to support her, same with the parents. Our kids had Shelby and we wanted to do something to help her out. She’s just had a really tragic situation to deal with.”

The benefit will be held at the Oyster River High School on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 5 to 9 p.m. A pasta dinner has been donated by Melissa’s Kitchen and the evening's entertainment will feature performances by the Oyster River Middle and High School jazz bands, as well as the Portsmouth Police Relief Association Pipe and Drum band.

A raffle, games, face painting and a wildlife show will round out the event.

“She was a really good teacher and I really liked her class,” Becca Harmon, a former student, said. “(I) thought it would be nice to help her after her husband died, because that must be really hard. I thought that was the least I could do in return.”

Tickets are $10 for children aged 3-15 and $15 for adults. They can be purchased online or at the door.

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