DETROIT — Detroit cop Patrick Hill — part of an ATF violent crime task force — was critically wounded in a shootout with a murder suspect about four weeks ago on Detroit’s west side.
On Saturday night, while he remained hospitalized in critical condition, suffering from head wounds, his fellow officers and members of the community gathered at the VFW hall in Lincoln Park to raise money for Hill and his family. He and his wife have four children, ages 3 to 16.
Detroit Police Sgt. Michael DiCicco, a close friend of Hill’s who played on a traveling softball team with him, spearheaded the fundraiser on Saturday, and said about 1,000 people bought $20 tickets for the event. People also donated money and bought raffle tickets for donated prizes.
“It was a good haul,” DiCicco said, declining to disclose the total amount of money raised.
He said the money will help the family. The wife, who is a phsycian’s assistant at St. Joseph’s Hospital, has taken an unpaid leave to help take care of her husband. DiCicco said she was on hand Saturday night along with other family members.
“She was floored,” he said. “It was overwhelming for her to see all those people come out to support her husband.
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