AUGUST 14, 2005 -- Like an army, golfers were on a mission Sunday, raising money for Wilmington Police Sgt. Michael Fey. A golf tournament was held to raise money for the wounded officer.
"We know it was difficult to pull this off this quickly. The community has come out in droves. We had more golfers. Unfortunately we had to turn some away, but we were able to accommodate just about everybody," says Sgt. Dave Register, a tournament organizer.
Sgt. Fey was shot while trying to arrest Larry Harrison at the Houston Moore Housing Complex on July 29th. Harrison was killed by return fire from other officers.
Fey's condition was recently upgraded from serious to fair.
The money from this tournament will go toward helping Fey's family with expenses not covered under the city's benefit plan.
"No one's going to be able to cut his yard three months from now. They have two children and one on the way. Mike's going to be on his back for awhile and this money's going to help defray a lot of the cost of horrific injuries such as this," says Assistant District Attorney Jon David.
Wilmington Mayor Spence Broadhurst says the money from this tournament is only a short term fix, and the city needs to take better care of employees injured on the job.
"We've got to step up and be there for them. I will introduce a resolution at Tuesday's city council meeting to direct our staff to come up with a better plan to make sure they don't have to worry about money at a time like this," says Mayor Broadhurst.
Reported by Samuel King