A Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputy is at home recovering after being shot three times in the line of duty nearly two weeks ago. Deputy Stephen Wright’s recovery battle will be a tough one, but he and his fiancee need help fighting another battle, a financial battle. However, one person decided to take matters into his own hands, and start yet another fundraiser to help the deputy and his family.
“It was a matter of how could I get involved,” said local radio DJ, known as Captain Jack. He has made it his personal mission to help out Wright, who’s recovering after being shot three times in the line of duty.
“[I] kind of give back to what happened, someone who puts their life on the line on a normal basis,” said Captain Jack. “It’s something you have to respect and that’s what we’re here for, to show our love and respect to this deputy, raise some money and raise some awareness.”
He’s doing that in two ways. One is through the Copper Fire Tees website based in Janesville. Captain Jack is selling shirts and hoodies.
“It’s a great shirt,” said Captain Jack. “We care and appreciate what he does.”
The second way is a benefit that will be held next month at Greenfire. 10% of food sales that night, plus the shirt sales, will go directly to Wright and his fiancee, Lindsay Lengjak.
“The situation that happened is tragic,” said Captain Jack. “We’re doing what we can to spread the word and get the community involved, have a good time and raise some money for his recovery.”
Deputy Luke Wagner was one of the officers who showed up at the scene the day Wright was shot.
“This hits close to home because we work in the same department,”said Wagner.
Not only does it hit close to home because they’re co-workers, but once Wright marries his sister-in-law, Lindsay, they’ll become brothers-in-law.
“In this family, no one fights alone,” said Wagner. “We all are in it together.”
Wagner and Captain Jack don’t know each other, but with Wright unable to protect the community for now., Wagner says the community is now protecting him.
“This is going to help them. Bills have to be paid. Food needs to be bought,” said Wagner. “It’s not just the cops, it’s the whole community. When something happens to one of us, it happens to all of us.”
The fundraiser will be held at Greenfire in Rockford on November 7th. The benefit begins at 4pm and ends at 8pm. It is $20/person. Click here to purchase WCSO T-Shirt.