Firefighter Guarding Fallen Hero Hit By Thief

But a police officer comes to Houston firefighter's aid
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2013 8:21 AM CDT

Today, in the Adding Insult to Injury Department: An off-duty firefighter who had volunteered to guard the body of a fallen comrade—one of four who died in a Houston fire last week— saw a computer bag, iPad mini, laptop, and tools worth $1,300 stolen from his car while he was at the funeral home. What turns this dismal story around is his how one police officer reacted. "They're already grieving and it’s a somber time," Matthew Shockey, who responded to the call, tells KHOU. "I felt real bad for him and so at that point, I kind of thought 'let's set up a donation for him.'"

Shockey used social media to canvass for donations, but when he failed to reach his $1,300 goal, he threw down his own money to make up the difference. He's now raised close to that amount back, and says excess funds will be donated to the 100 Club, which assists the families of fallen firefighters and police. The club will make an immediate $20,000 donation to help the families of the firefighters killed with initial expenses, reports the Humble Observer. (More police stories.)

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