Community gathers donations for wounded Ogden officers

Posted at 4:01 PM, Feb 04, 2012
and last updated 2012-02-22 18:50:41-05

People gathered at the federal building grounds in Ogden on Saturday to help one of the officers wounded in a fatal Ogden shooting a month ago.

Ogden City Police Officer Kasey Burrell has a long road of recovery after being shot during a Jan. 4 raid of the home of Matthew Stewart. Stewart opened fire on officers, fatally injuring Officer Jared Francom and wounding five other officers, including Burrell.

Burrell, who is an eight-year veteran of the police force, will soon have a bigger family. His wife Natalie is pregnant with the couple’s third child and is due in June.

The Northern Utah Community Support Group gathered to collect items for all of the families of the officers wounded during the shootout, including baby items, kids’ toys and clothes for the Burrell family.

Members of the support group say this is a way for the community to heal and show their appreciation for the officers who have given so much to the community.

In return, every donor received a bracelet that says “Ogden PD,” that represents strength and honor in helping those that need it.

“Just knowing how much people care means the world to them,” said Meg Welch, one of the supporters.

Bonnie Holinskie, Burrell’s mother, says that while the donations will help the families during a difficult time, the spirit of the donations may offer the most healing.

“It’s awesome to see that people do care about what they do for the community,” said Holinskie.