Richardson is preparing to say good-bye to the city’s first police officer killed in the line of duty.
In the few days since a fund for Officer David Sharrard’s family was established by the Assist the Officer Foundation, the community has donated more than $120,000, and that amount continues to climb.
“It doesn't bring him back, but it does help,” said Frederick Frazier with the ATO. “He's not going to earn anymore, the family, their person that earned for them is deceased and this is where the public has a chance to step up and do something for somebody that's done so much for them,” said Frazier.
Frazier is also helping coordinate several agencies who want to line the streets for Officer Sherrard’s funeral procession, following services at Watermark Community Church, Tuesday afternoon.
Out of town officers from Detroit, Boston, Chicago, New York City, Aurora, Colorado and Suffolk County New York also plan to attend the services.
“Dallas is surrounded by 25 other cities, so these other cities they want to help, they want to lend a hand, they want to show the support,” said Frazier.
On Saturday, several Mesquite Police Officers along with community members like Mike Prestridge came to honor Officer Sherrard at his memorial outside Richardson PD.
“He's out trying to help people and keep people safe, and then he's doing his job, and it just seems like more and more every day, more police officers are fallen,” said Frazier.
Prestridge is one of hundreds who also plan to attend the candlelight vigil outside the Richardson Civic Center Sunday night.
Richardson Police are asking those planning to attend to park at the Arapaho Center Dart Station off Greenville Avenue and take shuttles that will be provided to the vigil site.
The vigil will begin at 5:30 PM. Shuttles will start running at 4:15.
There will also be a visitation for Officer Sharrard Monday Evening at First Baptist Church in Richardson.
A link to help Officer Sherrard's family can be found HERE