Gun shop holding rifle raffle to benefit injured Avondale police officerPosted: Updated:
AVONDALE, Ariz. – An Avondale police officer who was injured in the line of duty is on the mend and his tight-knit community is bringing in some serious firepower to help in his recovery.
Officer Mike McGhee was injured during a police pursuit last October.
Avondale police Sgt. Bill Rademacher heard it on his police radio.
"I mean that's just a shock," Rademacher said. "All of us think about, 'Is Mike OK? Is Mike OK?'"
A man driving a stolen maintenance truck crashed into McGhee's patrol car near 111th Avenue and Durango Street on Oct. 23.
"We all know we could be in that same position at any time in our jobs," Rademacher said.
Danny Todd heard it over the radio, too. Not the police radio but news radio.
"I was driving down the road," Todd said. "I was devastated by it. I didn't even know who the officer was."
So when he got home, he and his wife did something many people wouldn't do.
"We called the chief's office, asked if there was anything we could do," said Todd, who owns a gun shop with his wife. "We created a raffle."
azfirearms.com is auctioning off a $1,900 AR-15 rifle, hoping to raise $10,000 for McGhee and his family.
"It opens your eyes to show you that you're not alone," McGhee said. "You don't have just the police department there to help you. You have the community, businesses."
"What happened to him was a terrible thing and we're a small community, we want to help," Todd said.
"It's one of the best things that you can hear when you're not able to support yourself," McGhee said.
The first call came out over the radio. This call is word of mouth. It's for anyone who thinks there comes a time to serve the servants.
"It just really goes to show the community really cares for our officers, they want to help our officers," Rademacher said. "They know we're out there for them and now they're stepping up and being there for us."
Tickets for the raffle are $10. The gun shop will hold the drawing on Feb. 14.
The gun shop is located at 215 E. Western Ave., Avondale, 623-925-2345. On Friday morning, there was a note on http://azfirearms.com saying the raffle tickets were sold out, but donations can be made to the 100 Club website, https://www.100club.org.
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