An Orange Police Captain will soon have bagpipes of his own after being relieved of his duties as the police department's Piper.
Close friends say Eric Ellison was told he will no longer represent his place of employment as the piper. The change came after he was apparently spotted at home during Tuesday's winter storm while he was on the clock.
Friends say Ellison was checking on his daughters and watched the snow for a bit with his girls while keeping an ear open for his radio.
The news stunned the officer's friends.
"It's a longstanding tradition, it means a lot to the families. Not having that part of the ceremony is unacceptable. We can't have it," Clayton Manzer said.
Manzer led an effort to raise money to buy Ellison his own uniform and bagpipe so he could continue playing for his fallen brothers and sisters in blue.
A $3,000 goal was met by 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Manzer raised the goal an extra $1,000 to pay unforeseen expenses. Any money left over will be donated to the Brian Hebert Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Ellison still holds his job as a police captain.