Several city businesses donated money to the First Baptist Church’s police department fund-raising event to purchase at least 41 ballistic helmets for the city’s police department.

Maude Hinson, wife of the Rev. John Hinson, told those gathered Sunday at the third annual Back the Blue fund-raising event Crave restaurant, Fitzpatrick’s car dealership, Fletcher-Thompson architects, Liberty Bank and Valley Electric and Lighting each agreed to fund the purchase of one helmet. People’s United Bank also made a sizable donation to be used to either purchase equipment or pay for the fund-raising efforts.

“We’re grateful for all the help we received,” Hinson said. “But there’s more work to be done.” 

Bad Sons brewery in Derby will be conducting a month-long event later this year to help Hinson reach her $40,000 goal.

“That’s a big event,” Hinson said. “We may have some smaller ones along the way.”

At least 100 people attended Sunday afternoon’s event at the church located on 237 Prindle Avenue. It came at a time that Mayor David Cassetti is readying the unveiling of a new police headquarters to be located downtown on 65 Main Street.

“This is an opportunity for us to show our appreciation to the Ansonia Police Department for what their officers do every day,” said State Sen. George Logan, a city resident. “They allow us to enjoy all the perks and freedoms and rarely do they ever ask us to help them...Let’s help keep them safe on a daily basis.”