#BackTheBlue in honor of Officer Sean Bolton - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

#BackTheBlue in honor of Officer Sean Bolton

Officer Sean Bolton (Source: Bolton's funeral service) Officer Sean Bolton (Source: Bolton's funeral service)

WMC Action News 5 teamed up with McAlister's Deli, iHeart Media, Clear Channel Outdoor, Bumpus Harley Davidson and the Memphis Police Association to host a fundraiser in honor of Memphis police officer Sean Bolton.

Officer Bolton was shot and killed in the line of duty on August 1.

All donations will go towards the Memphis Police Association Charitable Fund, which is designed to help current police officers facing hardships. For more information on the foundation, click here.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong stopped by the fundraiser at the WMC Action News 5 parking lot today. He said he hopes this fundraiser will raise awareness about how dangerous a police officer's job is.

"This is a calling," he said. "It's not necessarily a job, it's a profession. We all knew the inherent dangers that come with this profession when we chose this profession. Still you encourage them to be as professional as we can. Moreso than the raising of funds, just hope with the raising of awareness just how dangerous this job is this profession is, how on any given day these officers go out and out their lives on the line. I can't tell you how appreciative I am to WMC-TV, to ClearChannel, for all these citizens who are out here collecting money and for those that are participating and giving generously of their funds. The feeling is really overwhelming."

Others showed up to help Officer Bolton's family.

"I have a son that is a police officer and a son who is a firefighter," said Mike Mana, who donated. "I know how dangerous traffic stops are. One of the dangerous things they do and I just wanted to contribute to his family."  

"When you're the mother of one MPD officer, you're a mother of all of them," added Carol Carson.

At McAlister's Deli in Cordova, Bolton's favorite server has left a sandwich and sweet tea at the officer's favorite table every day since his death.

"It's just an honor to be able to say that I knew him well enough and honor him in this way," said server Shelby Plass.

Managers at the deli said it was all Pass's idea to donate the afternoon's proceeds in Officer Bolton's name.

Bumpus Harley Davidson in Collierville (325 South Byhalia Road) will continue to accept donations during regular business hours through Thursday.

To see pictures from all the events designed to remember Officer Bolton, click here.

Mobile users wishing to see pictures from Wednesday's fundraiser, click here.

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