No surprise here, but the Tri-State is showing up when asked to support the family of Officer Sonny Kim. He's the police officer killed in the line of duty last week. So far nearly $130,000 dollars have been raised for his family through the go fund me website.
That fund was started by a fellow police officer who did not know officer Kim personally. I talked with that Mason officer, Derek Bauman, this week. He's a self-described Cincinnati advocate. An urbanist, but suburban cop.
Officer Bauman heard of Sonny Kim's death through an alert on his iPhone, making a dreary day even more so. On his way home from work, asking himself what he could do, Bauman came up with the idea of setting up the go fund me site.
The initial goal was to raise $10,000 dollars.
Right now, the donations swelling to nearly 13 times that; the average donation about 50 bucks.
Officer Bauman is saying the site's gone viral with many people pushing it on social media.
In addition to the money, the fund is a way for the community to come together. You can read that in the comments donors have left on the page. A way to honor a man who touched so many lives in the tri-state. Donate if you can.
I will leave you with what officer Bauman told me at the beginning of our conversation: He was pretty depressed on Friday after hearing the news… until he came up with plan to raise money for the Kim family.
I do believe that in helping others, we often help ourselves. If you can't give, then wear blue on Friday to support the Kim family as a local hero is laid to rest.
...By the way, in the 30 minutes it took me to write this blog, another $320 dollars have been donated.