Port Charlotte Community washes cars to support fallen hero's family
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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - One day after the Port Charlotte community said their final goodbyes to a fallen hero, they're coming together to pay tribute to Sgt. Mike Wilson once more and support his family.
Driving down US-41 in Port Charlotte today, you couldn't miss the colorful signs advertising a car wash in Sgt. Mike Wilson's honor.
Dozens of members of the same community that lined the streets waving American flags and blue ribbons, came out to wash cars to raise money for his family.
"When I heard of the tragedy, It just broke my heart," said Dave White.
White organized the fundraiser after he says he got a nudge from a higher being.
"The Lord put it on my heart and I thought 'you know what, let's get the group together and get out there and do this carwash in support of the family.'"
White's church group donated the manpower and Anthony Mattiocco donated the resources.
Mattiocco owns a car detailing business.
"You know, Mike was a good guy so we all donated our time," said Mattiocco.
The community took note; cars lined up bumper to bumper for the carwash to help out the family anyway they could.
"His family deserves it," said Jeanette Silva. "He did so much for the community."
The flag in the Chick-Fil-A parking lot in Port Charlotte where the carwash took place was at half staff as the community continues to honor and remember Sgt. Wilson.
"He's a family friend of ours, so that makes it all the better," said Jayme Drake, a volunteer who said she knew Sgt. Wilson personally.
Family friends and complete strangers came together to raise money for the fund established through the Charlotte County Sheriffs Office to support Sgt. Wilson's family.
He leaves behind a wife and three teenage children.
"I've seen $100 bills, I've seen $1 bills. It's just been awesome," said Midge Jacobson.
If you would like to help Sgt. Wilson's family, the Sheriff's Office has set up a Paypal account for a trust fund. Click here to go to the website.