The Hope police officer who gave a kidney to a fellow officer, who later died, recently received a gift himself.
Hope Police Chief J.R. Wilson says an engraved .22 rifle was raffled off to raise money for the family of Sgt. David Johnson, who died September 15th after contracting the West Nile Virus.
In a strange coincidence, Johnson’s brother, Sylvester Scott, won the raffle. Instead of keeping the gun, Scott chose to give it to Sgt. Daniel Oller who had donated a kidney to Johnson during the summer of 2010.
Chief Wilson wants to thank SWS Engraving for purchasing and engraving the rifle, which raised more than $800 for the Johnson family.
The raffle was for Ruger .22 with computer engraved squirrels on one side of the stock and a bobcat and a rabbit on the other. The gun was displayed at Tailgaters Burger Company until the drawing on December 15th.
“On behalf of the family, I would like to thank the owners and staff of SWS Engraving for this donation,” said Wilson. “I’d also like to thank the owners and staff of Tailgaters who displayed the rifle and sold the majority of tickets.”