Tuesday evening, people gathered at the 6th grade center at 701 N. Rock Hill Road - to buy t-shirts, donate money, pray and show support for 30-year-old Officer Matt Crosby and his family.
Officer Crosby was shot in the shoulder while responding to a domestic disturbance call last Thursday night. The bullet lodged in his spine and today, Officer Crosby can not feel or move anything from the chest down.
Family friend Dennis Hess told me that after Officer Crosby learned he may never walk again - he responded by saying that as long as he was alive to see his three sons - he'd be o.k.
Officer Crosby is still hospitalized. It's unknown when he may be released, but even then he will likely head straight to a rehabilitation facility.
Officer Crosby has worked for the police department in Rock Hill for the last three years. He is insured, but the City of Rock Hill is trying to raise money to help support Crosby's family throughout his recovery. Rock Hill's city administrator told me they are raising money for other expenses that may come up - including retrofitting their home to make it wheelchair accessible and purchasing a vehicle that can transport a wheelchair.
The city is asking those who would like to donate to contact Heartland Bank - where a trust fund is set up.
A Facebook page has been created and both the city and family assure News4 that it is a reliable clearing house for information about upcoming fundraisers: www.facebook.com/home.php
Three more fundraisers have been planned:
On April 17th, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Six-year-old Jackson Parks is hosting a lemonade stand with the help of St. Louis Snow Cone at The Market at McKnight.
At 7 p.m. on April 30th, there will be an event at the St. Louis Police Officer Association Hall on 3710 Hampton.
On May 27th, at 5:10 p.m., Latitude 26 Tex Mex at 6407 Clayton Rd. will host a dinner and auction.