Quad City Storm Fans Raise $20,000 For Injured Police Officer
This weekend, the Quad City Storm hosted a night to honor first responders. All of the team, even the mascot, Radar, wore specialty jerseys honoring firemen and police, throughout the game, first responders were asked to stand as the crowd cheered for them, but the fundraising of the night was the most important.
Guest of Honor
Every Quad City Storm game, one first responder is selected to be honored and presented with a plaque for their wall as the "First Responder Of The Game." This weekend's first responder was perhaps the most important of the season.
East Moline Police Department's Sergeant Lind
Sergeant Lind is a Quad Cities area native and graduate of Alleman high school and western Illinois university. Sergeant Lind began his career in law enforcement with the East Moline police department in 2015.
Sergeant Lind first served as a patrolman, and then was selected to join the FBI Quad Cities gang task force in 2018. Sergeant Lind spent four years on this task force, and was responsible for getting several dangerous criminals off the street. Sergeant Lind became a detective in the investigations division, and then was promoted to sergeant in early 2022, where he went back to patrol duties as a supervisor on second shift.
Sergeant Lind is married to his wife Amber, and they have three children together.
On October 24, 2022, Sergeant Lind was critically injured while attempting to arrest a suspect in a felony crime. The community came together with unwavering support for Sergeant Lind, his family, and the East Moline Police Department. Sergeant Lind, his family, and fellow officers are forever thankful. Sergeant Lind continues to recover from his injuries and is a hero in all of our eyes.
Check out the fans honoring Sgt. William Lind:
All of the fundraising opportunities from the game are going to Sgt. Lind's family to help cover bills and other expenses while he recovers from his injuries.
During the game, 50/50 raffle tickets were sold throughout the stadium, with the total pot reaching over $1,000.
After the game, an auction was held for the team's game-worn specialty jerseys, which raised over $20,000 alone.
This was a great way to help out an officer who put his life on the line for our community's safety.