November 30, 2021

Police officers ready to ‘labor’ for fundraiser

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

A man walks by the Cortland Police Department in this December 2020 Cortland Standard file photo.

Four Cortland police officers will strap on labor simulators on Dec. 20 for a virtual fundraiser, with three having their pain controlled by their significant other and another controlled by the highest donor.

“I’m excited,” said Jesse Abbott, the Cortland City Community-Oriented Policing officer who came up with the idea. “I’m a glutton for pain.”

It’s all in good fun though, he said.

The event will be livestreamed at 11 a.m. on the City of Cortland Office of Community Oriented Policing Facebook page.

It also helps his office raise money for activities, including Shop with a Cop, an event where officers take Cortland City kids to shop for Christmas gifts.

So far, Abbott said they’ve raised $700 from the labor stimulator event.

Abbott said two of the simulators are on loan from Cortland High School and two from The Empathy Experience, which helps people experience what labor is like.

Abbott’s wife is the only one who won’t control his pain during the event. He’s leaving that up to the highest bidder. Right now that’s Milt Sebring, with a $200 donation.

Abbott said he’s been preparing for the simulator by watching lots of YouTube videos on other people’s experiences.

“I know what to expect,” he said.

The other officers participating are Ken Bush, Ben Locke and Brendan Byrnes.

Ken Bush and his wife, Crystal, have two boys.

“I think he’s in for a rude awakening,” Crystal Bush said. “I don’t think he knows what he’s got himself into.”

She said he may want to take some ibuprofen beforehand. And she’ll hold his hand, too.

“It raises awareness of what us women go through,” she said.

Ben Locke’s wife, Kelley, said she and her daughters told him he was participating. But he’s more than happy to participate “to see what it’s like.”

Kelley Locke said she didn’t offer any advice to her husband.

“It’s something you kind of just learn as you go along,” she said.

Locke and his wife said they hope the event brings some laughter and joy to people, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

To donate

  • Send check — Payable to the Cortland CommunityOriented Policing office and send it to the Cortland City Police Department at 25 Court St., Cortland, NY 13045
  • Donate online:

Watch the event

When: 11 a.m. Dec. 20