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Memphis Police Association raises over $15k for fallen officer's family

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Members of the Memphis Police Association took to the streets to raise money for Officer Sean Bolton's family.

Officers and volunteers set up tents outside the Bed, Bath & Beyond store on Germantown Parkway at 8 a.m. Friday morning.  Participants then stationed themselves on every corner of a nearby intersection, rallying support.

"Officer Bolton gave his life for this city," said MPA Vice President Essica Littlejohn. "He gave his life protecting this city.  And it's just a way for us to give back, give something to his family. It's not going to make up for their loss, but it will definitely help them in this time being."

The police association has been raising funds to donate to Bolton's mother and brother.

So far on the U-caring site, the association raised more than $15 thousand.

Littlejohn, who has served as a police officer for nearly 18 years, said Bolton's death is a reminder of the dangers of the job.

"You can never predict the day," said Littlejohn. "Anything could happen, and it does happen just like that. You can go from 0 to 100 in a matter of seconds, but that's just what our job is."

The group set up a Sun Trust bank fund and Paypal to donate to the family.

Aside from financial assistance, officers want to remind the public that prayers and appreciation for other officers are ways to show support.

"Even after today," said MPA Board Member Marcus Tucker. "Just continue to remember the sacrifices officers make on a daily basis."

To donate to the U-caring fund, click here.

To donate via PayPal, click here.

To donate at a Sun Trust bank, ask that your donation go towards the "Sean Bolton Fund."

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