Fundraiser planned for in­jured trooper

The Sentinel-Record - - FRONT PAGE - RE­BEKAH HEDGES

A fundraiser to sup­port Arkansas State Po­lice Trooper Kyle Shel­don, who was wounded in the line of duty on April 1, will be held at Colton’s Steak­house next month.

Sisters Be­hind the Badge, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion cre­ated to help po­lice of­fi­cers in need, will host its fourth fundraiser in­clud­ing a raf­fle, faux jail cell and din­ner served by lo­cal of­fi­cers. All tips col­lected on the evening of May 5 will be do­nated to Shel­don and his fam­ily, as well as the money made to place friends in faux jail and bail them out.

An­gelina Sealy and her two sis-

ters, Amanda Thomp­son and Jes­sica Brins­field, went into ac­tion af­ter see­ing the need to sup­port fam­i­lies with law en­force­ment mem­bers.

“I thought some­thing is wrong with this pic­ture. These of­fi­cers put on a bul­let­proof vest ev­ery day to pro­tect us. When most peo­ple run away from a sit­u­a­tion, they run into the sit­u­a­tion,” she said.

Shel­don was shot in the shoul­der dur­ing a traf­fic stop on U.S. High­way 270 near In­ter­state 30 on April 1.

“He is still re­cov­er­ing from a shoul­der surgery and try­ing to heal emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally. It’s trau­ma­tiz­ing and emo­tional for ev­ery­one in­volved,” she said.

Sealy said she was con­tacted by mul­ti­ple news sta­tions in ref­er­ence to Shel­don’s case, as it im­pacts the lo­cal com­mu­nity. She ex­pects the largest turn-out for this fundraiser, due to the me­dia at­ten­tion and by hav­ing it on Cinco De Mayo.

“We aren’t try­ing to make thou­sands, we’re try­ing to do a fundraiser to say that we love and ap­pre­ci­ate the of­fi­cers and their work does not go un­no­ticed,” she said.

The sisters hope the of­fi­cers can see “the heart of the com­mu­nity” and have fun in the process.

“They are there for us 24/7, they never say no and an­swer to ev­ery call, yet when they need help, they don’t get the 24/7 ser­vice we do. We back the badge and love them,” she said.

While Shel­don isn’t ex­pected to at­tend the evening, Sealy said the or­ga­ni­za­tion will be ex­cited to present the to­tal earn­ings to the fam­ily at a later date.

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