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American lifestyle brand Shield Republic donates $20K in memory of Washington State Patrol Trooper

State Trooper Justin Schaffer honored posthumously through ‘Hold the Line’ apparel fundraiser benefiting his widow

Smithfield, N.C. — May 12, 2020 — An apparel fundraiser honoring a Washington State Patrol trooper struck and killed in the line of duty in March raised more than $20K for the officer’s bereaved wife.

Through Shield Republic’s “Hold the Line” apparel fundraiser for Trooper Justin Schaffer, the company sold tees, long-sleeved shirts, hoodies, ladies’ tank tops and decals paying tribute to the fallen trooper, with 100 percent of net proceeds donated to his family.

Trooper Schaffer was killed Tuesday, March 24 while deploying deflater spikes to stop a suspect fleeing police in a high-speed chase on I-5. Trooper Schaffer was fatally struck during the multi-car pursuit across Thurston and Lewis Counties. The suspect later crashed into a light post and surrendered after a standoff with SWAT officers.

Trooper Schaffer had served with the Washington State Patrol for seven years. He is survived by his wife and his K-9 Frankie. His father, Glenn Schaffer, continues to serve as chief of police in Chehalis, Washington,

Last week, Shield Republic Charities donated $20,145.44 to the 28-year-old trooper’s widow.

“We are proud to present a donation to Trooper Schaffer’s wife as a way to honor her husband’s legacy,” said Charlie Romero, spokesperson for Shield Republic. “We are so thankful for brave first responders like this noble state trooper, who put himself in harm’s way to save the lives of others.”

Shield Republic’s Hold the Line fundraisers have donated in excess of $200,000 this year to the families and units of fallen first responders, police officers and K9 police dogs.

For more information about the Shield Republic Charities, contact

About Shield Republic 

Established in 2016, Shield Republic is an American lifestyle brand based outside Raleigh, North Carolina. The company offers creative, fresh apparel and merchandise embodying American pride. Everything sold by Shield Republic is designed and manufactured in the United States. Shield Republic appeals to patriotic Americans passionate about personal strength, second amendment rights and military strength. Through Shield Republic Charities, the company shows appreciation to soldiers, first responders and their families.

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