Apts where Sgt. Wilson killed to hold fund raiser
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Port Charlotte, Fla. -
It was right at a month ago when Charlotte County Sheriff's Sergeant Michael Wilson was shot and killed by a resident of an upscale apartment complex in Port Charlotte while responding to a call. This weekend other residents of that very apartment complex are putting together a fund raiser to help his family.
Many of the residents there knew the man who killed Sgt. Wilson very well. But, over the past month they decided to pull together and actually went around to businesses asking for items to be donated for an auction to benefit Sgt. Wilson's family. "Some of the people I spoke with at the various businesses, they would have tears coming out of their eyes," said Bill Mohr, who helped organize the event.
People who live in the Lakes of Tuscanna apartments went knocking on doors asking businesses for items they could auction off. "I have to tell you, nobody turned us down," exclaimed Mohr. He went through the list of all the places that donated tv's, dinners, gift certificates, fishing rods....you name it. "They spoke very very highly of him," Mohr added, saying they said things like. "we knew this man, we knew his family, he was well respected, please take all this stuff."
Like everyone in Charlotte County, he's seen the blue ribbons, the flags at half staff, the turnout for the funeral procession for Sergeant Wilson. But this is the place where one of the residents took his life, yet, Mohr says the businesses were thrilled that other residents of the apartment complex were doing this. "Everybody responded the same way. You know, it was a great thing to see and to experience."
Sgt. Wilson left behind a wife, and two boys and a girl, all teenagers. It's been a month so we asked Sgt. Wilson's immediate supervisor how the family is doing. "They're still going through a difficult time and it's going to take them a long time to get over this but with everybody's continued prayers and thought's it's making it easier day by day," said Captain Mike Anderson of the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office. When asked how Sgt. Wilson's children are doing, he said this, "The kids are finally getting back to school. They have some tutors and they're trying to adjust as much as they can."
They are expecting at least a hundred people for the pasta dinner and the silent auction which will be this Sunday from 3 to 6 at the clubhouse of the Lakes of Tuscanna apartments in Port Charlotte.