Fam­i­lies of Fallen Of­fi­cers kicks off fundrais­ing drive

Texarkana Gazette - - METRO / REGION -

The Arkansas Fam­i­lies of Fallen Of­fi­cers, Inc. is kick­ing off its 2019 fundrais­ing drive to as­sist the fam­i­lies of first re­spon­ders.

The 501 (c) (3) or­ga­ni­za­tion’s pur­pose is to pro­vide sup­port to the fam­i­lies of all first re­spon­ders who are killed or die in the line of duty in the state of Arkansas, said Pres­i­dent Richard Curry of Nashville, Ark.

No law en­force­ment of­fi­cers died in Arkansas dur­ing 2018. The 501 (c)(3) non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion do­nated $1,000 to Arkansas State Po­lice Trooper Kyle Shel­don’s re­cov­ery (K Troop Hot Springs).

In 2017, Arkansas lost three fire­fight­ers and three law en­force­ment of­fi­cers in the line of duty.

The goal for 2019 is to raise $50,000, Curry said. An im­me­di­ate fundraiser is go­ing on now to help with ex­penses for ASP Trooper Clay­ton McWil­liams who was se­ri­ously in­jured Jan.3 in a car ac­ci­dent while re­spond­ing to an over­turned truck on U.S. High­way 71. McWil­liams re­mains hos­pi­tal­ized in Lit­tle Rock.

Curry said there are jars set out in Nashville, Ark., stores to raise money for McWil­liams and his fam­ily.

“What­ever we raise through the jars, the or­ga­ni­za­tion will try to match it, and that money will go di­rectly to him,” Curry said.

The Arkansas Fam­i­lies of Fallen of­fi­cer has a bank ac­count at Di­a­mond Bank in Nashville.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Curry at 870-557-6813 or at richard­[email protected]

The idea for the or­ga­ni­za­tion came about in 2017 when a po­lice of­fi­cer in New­port, Ark., was killed in the line of duty. Curry had been work­ing in the area and knew sev­eral law en­force­ment of­fi­cers there.

He ap­proached his South­west Ark., mo­tor­cy­cle club about do­ing some­thing for fallen of­fi­cers and they soon ex­panded it to all first re­spon­ders.

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