Midlothian fund set up for officers
By 08/31/2006 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
MIDLOTHIAN - As three Midlothian police officers and a Texas Department of Public Safety state trooper continue down the road to recovery, community members and leaders are rallying around them to provide unwavering support.
Midlothian Police Officers Cody McKinney, Dustin Compton, Sgt. Brian Woolery and Texas Department of Safety Trooper Rick Smith are recovering from their injuries sustained during a standoff Sunday Aug. 20.
The officers were ambushed by 25-year-old Richard Wayne Miles Jr after arriving at an apartment complex to investigate a broken window. A fund has been set up by the Midlothian Police Community Service League to ensure all the money collected would be distributed to the four officers.
Donations could be made at any Citizens National Bank n Ellis County or Cedar Hill or by visiting the Midlothian Police Department.
Those donating at Citizens National Bank, need to specify, 'Midlothian Officers Fund' on the donation.
Donations dropped off at the police department need to specify the money should be deposited into the officers' fund.
Service league officials said the treasurer would deposit the designated money directly into the fund.
Credit card payments could be made through an internet Paypal account by clicking on the 'send money' tab and typing in midlothianpolicecsl@yah oo.com.
For more information contact any service league member at 972-775-3333.
A community blood drive was also held for the four law enforcement officers wounded during Sunday's standoff in Midlothian.
From 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, more than 100 people showed up demonstrating their support for the officers at the Midlothian Methodist Health System Clinic, located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 287 and Plainview Road.
Sponsored by Methodist Health System and the American Red Cross, 70 units of blood were donated.
Calling it a fantastic event, Texas Red Cross spokesperson Audrey Lundy said two of the injured officers, Smith and Compton attended the blood drive to thank supporters.