Fundraiser for fallen Tulsa Police Sergeant and Injured Officer Raises $ 500,000 + – KRMG 102.3
TULSA – Tulsa police officers often work second jobs and sometimes face long shifts, but dozen of them showed up Wednesday to volunteer and raise money for two of them.
Among them was Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin, who spent much of the day at LaFortune Park, where the Cox Media Group Tulsa and the TPD Foundation had organized a fundraiser.
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All money will go to the newly created Johnson-Zarkeshan Family Fund, which was set up to help the family of Sgt. Craig Johnson and Ofcr. Aurash Zarkeshan and his family.
Johnson died from the effects of gunshot wounds sustained during a traffic obstruction that turned violent in the early hours of June 29.
Zarkeshan has made what some call a wonderful recovery and remains in the hospital.
Late Wednesday, KRMG was able to confirm donations well over $ 500,000, with donations still coming in from the dedicated line of text set up for this purpose.
Donors can still send an SMS to TPD at 70123 to recover a link and donate safely.
KRMG is part of the Cox Media Group in Tulsa, along with FOX23 Television, K-95.5 Tulsa’s New Country Leader, 103.3 The Eagle, Tulsa’s only classic rock, Mix 96.5, the best music of today, and 105.7 The Bone, Tulsa’s real rock.
All five radio stations and FOX23 participated in the fundraiser, which was led by Rick Couri of KRMG along with Matt Skinner, President of the TPD Foundation.
Sergeant Johnson’s funeral is on Thursday, and thousands are expected to line the path of the procession along 61st Street east from Victory Christian to the Floral Haven Cemetery in Broken Arrow.