Fundraiser Started For Father Who Accidentally Shot Self

The Hammer Family. (Photo courtesy GoFundMe)
The Hammer Family. (Photo courtesy GoFundMe)

BARNEGAT – The daughter of the father of six who accidentally shot himself while disassembling a firearm has started a GoFundMe to help with funeral and other expenses.

Samantha Hammer established that GoFundMe for James Hammer, 46, who died March 9. He was taken to Southern Ocean Medical Center in Stafford before being flown to Atlanticare Regional Trauma Center in Atlantic City, where he died.

“My father was a hard-working man. Loved by many. He is a father to six children, a husband to a wonderful wife and a grandfather to a new beautiful little girl,” Samantha Hammer wrote.

According to his daughter, James Hammer served 21 years as a combat veteran, in the Marines, Air Force and Army National Guard. He worked as a corrections officer in Pennsylvania and was part of the Community Emergency Response Team. James Hammer helped save Barnegat ex-fire chief Ed Buckley back in 2013, who had suffered a heart attack.

“He was devoted to his family and his work,” Samantha Hammer wrote.

Funeral arrangement were not disclosed by press time.

Chris Lundy contributed to this story.