Business owners in Euless have established a special fund in honor of fallen police officer David Hofer, who, the story goes, once withdrew money from his own bank account to help a family in need.
Hofer died in the line of duty March 1 while responding to a shots-fired call at J.A. Carr Park.
The money will be part of the Police Department’s benevolence fund so that officers can have cash on hand to help people in need while they are out on patrol.
Ron Tipton, president of the small-business association, said that after Hofer’s death, he told Police Chief Michael Brown, “We stand to do whatever you need.”
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“The reason we came up with this idea is that I couldn’t get over the fact that Officer Hofer ran into a man, woman and kids living in their car. He withdrew money from the ATM. That’s what started us saying, ‘You know what, let’s raise some money,’ ” Tipton said.
The association presented a check for $554 — Hofer’s badge number — to Brown during last week’s council meeting.
During Hofer’s memorial service, Brown told a story about Hofer helping a homeless family who were living in their car. The family was looking for a safe place to park for the night.
“He goes to an ATM machine, takes out $100 and gives it to the family,” Brown said. Another officer called out: “David, what are you doing?” The officer pointed out that Hofer had just recently started his job with the department and added, “You don’t have enough money for yourself right now.”
Hofer “reportedly smiled that big smile and said: ‘Bro, we got a great life here. Sometimes you just gotta share,’ ” Brown told mourners at the service.
We just felt empty. We wanted to do something to help.
Euless Small Business Association President Ron Tipton
Brown said in an interview that he met with the small-business association about a month ago to discuss the idea of creating the special fund called Officer’s Helping Hand.
“I think it is awesome what they are doing,” Brown said, adding that it’s not uncommon for officers to help children and adults they see while patrolling the streets.