Fundraisers Taking Shape To Help Wounded Deputy

By: Phil White Email
By: Phil White Email

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Sedgwick County businesses are stepping up to help the family of the sheriff's deputy wounded after a car chase last week.

The businesses are teaming up with an organization of law enforcement spouses from Sedgwick County who say they just want to help Deputy Lucas Powell and his family in any way they can.

"They didn't want to be in this position," said Carrie Patton, the wife of a Wichita Police officer. "Unfortunately, it's part of the job."

Patton is one of many law enforcement spouses reaching out to Deputy Powell and his family. She is part of a loose organization of people related to officers and deputies who help each other deal with the stresses of their loved ones' jobs.

"We just want to support them and say, 'You're doing a great job. You're protecting the community and we appreciate what you do for us,'" Patton said.

That is why Patton and her group have teamed up with three businesses to raise money to help Deputy Powell and his family with expenses related to injuries he suffered when he was shot after a car chase last week.

One of the businesses helping out is Shirts Plus in Derby. That business is giving five dollars from every 10-dollar Kansas Law Enforcement shirt it sells to Powell.

"I went to high school with him," said sales representative Cara Leeds, who grew up in Mulvane with Powell and his wife. "My husband is also with the Wichita PD, so we are pretty connected."

Other fundraising efforts include Papa John's Pizza in Wichita, Derby and Andover donating a percentage of the money they make next Tuesday and Wednesday to Powell and an April volleyball tournament at Jersey's Bar and Grill.

Donations can also be made online. Those making contributions can also offer personal messages of support.

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Sgt. Troy Wells said he is still fielding calls from people wanting to know how they can help. He said he and other law enforcement officers are grateful for the support.

"It makes me feel that if something does happen to me, I know that these people will step up and help my family out if need be," Wells said.

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