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Michigan Community Raises $4K to Send Wounded Officer on Vacation

March 12, 2015  | 

Officer Brandon S. Murphy (Photo: Bay City (Mich.) PD)
Officer Brandon S. Murphy (Photo: Bay City (Mich.) PD)

A Bay City, Mich., police officer recently wounded in the line of duty is gearing up for a much-needed vacation with his family, paid for by a community that wanted to show its support.

A fundraising effort garnered a four-figure sum to send Officer Brandon S. Murphy and his family on a trip to Kalahari Waterpark in Sandusky, Ohio.

Murphy in the early morning of Monday, Feb. 2, responded to a home invasion complaint on the city's East Side and ended up being shot in the left thigh by 17-year-old suspect Jacob M. Haglund. Murphy returned fire, hitting Haglund in the shoulder, abdomen, and neck, wounds from which he died on Sunday, Feb. 15.

Following a Michigan State Police investigation, prosecutors ruled the shooting justified.

"The fundraiser idea was created by Rebecca Menzel, who is a paramedic with McLaren Bay Region hospital," Rod Schanck, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 103, told MLive. "When I heard of her idea, the FOP Lodge 103 got on board full force."

The fundraiser raised more than $4,000, Schanck said.

"A majority of the funds were used to purchase gift cards to Kalahari," he said. "The remaining funds were used to purchase gas, food, and gift cards for the family."

Comments (4)

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Ftrnr @ 3/12/2015 2:49 PM

I want to work there. Seeing a community take care of their officers is really great.

kevCopAz @ 3/14/2015 8:38 AM

Thats the kind of community support we should all have, thank you citizens of Bay City. Even after all the news lately we LEOs know in our heart that the vast majority of citizens support us and appreciate us, even if the present Federal Administration & DOJ heads obviously do not. We LEOs pray for a change in 2016 at the highest levels, perhaps sanity can return to this issue. Thanks again to all the citizens who publicly & even privately support LEOs.

TERRY F. ZECH VAPD (RET) @ 3/14/2015 8:40 PM

I want to work there too.

Sgt. Mike @ 3/15/2015 1:02 AM

AND the silent majority speaks up! Bravo to the community, and congratulations to Officer Murphy for #1 surviving his ordeal, and #2 being the recipient of his community's respect and thanks.

This was a story worthy of print.

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