Group holds fundraiser to support deputies shot in line of duty
Michael DeBernardo, Deseret News
SPANISH FORK — Two months ago, two Utah County sheriff's deputies were shot in the line of duty. Volunteers held a fundraiser Saturday to support them and their families.
Megan Allen is one of the organizers of the 10-78 Foundation, which hosted the fundraiser in the parking lot of Macey's, 187 E. 1000 North. Guests were able to buy burgers, hot dogs and soda, knowing the proceeds was going to a good cause.
In police code, 10-78 means an officer needs assistance.
"We've seen such a community gathering, and we've seen how involved they wanted to be, and so it's just been totally overwhelming," Allen said.
Allen and her fiancé have been holding similar events for the past month in various locations, raising money to help the deputies and their families.
"They can use it toward bills or whatever,” said Barry Boulton, 10-78 Foundation co-organizer.
Allen's idea for the 10-78 Foundation started after Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride and deputy Greg Sherwood were shot on Jan. 30.
Wride, who was in his 20th year of law enforcement, was killed. Sherwood was shot in the head and survived. He’s a K-9 officer with Utah County and has 13 years experience in law enforcement.
"I know there is the 10-33 Foundation, but they are there to help with the law enforcement who have been killed in the line of duty, and there is nothing there for the injured," Allen said.
"I sleep at night because these guys do what they do out on the streets," Boulton added.
Allen said she goes by a certain mantra that reminds her what’s most important.
"It's not all about getting. It's about giving," she said.
As for future fundraisers, Allen doesn't have one planned yet, but she said she will because her foundation has grown into something. Allen realizes, unfortunately, that fundraisers like the one Saturday will always be needed.
Gina Sherwood, Greg Sherwood's wife, issued a statement of gratitude Saturday.
"Greg and I are continually amazed at the outpouring support of the community. It has been a truly uplifting experience to watch the community come together as one to show their appreciation, love and support," the statement read.
"We would like to thank everyone who has helped in any way. Words cannot express the appreciation and gratitude we feel. This support reinforces the love Greg has for serving this community. He looks forward to returning to the job he loves and the community he loves to serve."
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