ZOLTAN BATHORY OF FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH HONORS FALLEN NEVADA HIGHWAY PATROL OFFICER
14 April 2020
Last Friday Zoltan Bathory, founding guitarist of Five Finger Death Punch, visited state troopers with the Nevada Highway Patrol in Las Vegas two weeks after trooper Sergeant Ben Jenkins was tragically murdered while assisting a stranded motorist in Nevada.
Bathory is a major supporter of his local law enforcement, as well as law enforcement throughout America. He frequently visits police departments to talk with officers and discuss various topics affecting law enforcement.
Five Finger Death Punch have also supported first responder related causes over the years and recently made a $65,000 donation from their number one hit single ‘Blue On Black’ to the Gary Sinise Foundation. In 2018, Five Finger Death Punch donated $95,000 to Concerns Of Police Survivors.
Bathory is also a major supporter of Nevada’s Injured Police Officers Fund, which was set up to assist Officers injured while working, or the families of fallen heroes. Indeed Bathory recently donated to the family of Sergeant Ben Jenkins.
Trooper Jason Buratczuk tells us: “Zoltan’s support of the law enforcement community and his willingness to assist a grieving department and family during one of the most tragic times in our agency’s history is amazing.
“He is very down to earth and always connects with our troopers on a personal level when he comes to visit. His continued love and support during this most difficult time is very much appreciated by our department.”
Sgt Ben Jenkins
On 27 March 2020, Sergeant Ben Jenkins was shot and killed when he stopped to assist a disabled motorist in White Pine County shortly before 6:00 am.
During the encounter with the subject, the man fatally shot Sergeant Jenkins. The man then stole Sergeant Jenkins’ uniform and patrol car and fled the area.
He was apprehended several hours later following a massive manhunt involving numerous agencies.
Sergeant Jenkins was a veteran of both the Army National Guard and Air National Guard. He had served with the Nevada Highway Patrol for 12 years. He had previously served with the Nevada State Fire Marshal Division and with the Nevada Division of Forestry. He is survived by his wife, four children, five grandchildren, and mother.