The local Brothers in Blue, a motorcycle club of area law enforcement officers, raised over $6,200 this past weekend for Rice County Undersheriff Chad Murphy, who was shot four times by a suspect in a traffic stop in Sterling last Monday, April 29.
Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said Murphy has Barton County ties early in his career. He was severely wounded and but his prognosis for recovery is good and he is home now.
BCSO Detective Adam Hales spearheaded a fundraiser and more than 500 hamburgers and hotdogs were served at a dinner sponsored by the local chapter of the motorcycle club. The dinner was held Sunday afternoon in the BCSO parking lot with freewill offerings accepted. Some people just donated money and more dropped off donations Monday at the sheriff’s office, Bellendir said.
The money will be given to Murphy later this week.
“I wish to thank the community for the outpouring of support for our fellow law enforcement officer,” Bellendir said. “On behalf of myself and the entire Barton County Sheriff’s office we wish Undersheriff Murphy a speedy recovery.”
Last week, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation announced a fund was established for those inquiring about how they can assist during his recovery. Donations can be made at the Alden State Bank in Sterling, or mailed to the bank at:
Alden State Bank
Attn: Chad Murphy Fund
P.O. Box 288
Sterling, KS 67579
Donations will be used for medical expenses or other personal or family expenses related to this incident.
Family members note that Murphy is getting better every day, but because of his injuries he will need extensive rehab. His brother-in-law has set up a GoFundMe account to assist his wife and kids during Murphy’s long road of recovery ahead. Donations can be made online at https://www.gofundme.com/officer-chad-murphy.