Community continues to donate to injured officer
At the Haymarket Farmers Market on Saturday, you could see an outpouring of love as the community gave to a donation table, all for Officer Mario Herrera.
(LINCOLN, Neb.) -At the Haymarket Farmers Market on Saturday, you could see an outpouring of love as the community gave to a donation table, all for Officer Mario Herrera.
“The insurance covers some things but the spouse and the kids have jobs that they have that their families are going to have to leave,” said Linda Hubka, Haymarket Farmers Market. “They have fuel costs and housing hotels as they’re up in Omaha. So, there’s gonna be some outgoing expenses.”
The community is showing a lot of support for Herrera and his family. A go fund me page hit an incredible milestone, reaching over $30,000 in less than a day.
Herrera was shot in the chest on Wednesday, attempting to apprehend 17-year-old Felipe Vazquez for an outstanding warrant connected to the murder of Edward Varejcka in March. He is in critical condition.
“With what’s going on in America, in our nation today as far as law enforcement goes, I think we’re all troubled by the good and the bad that’s happening here,” said Hubka. “As a mom, as a daughter, as a sister, as an ex-wife, of those in law enforcement I feel for them.”
On top of that various fundraisers have happened at football games and around the city. A donator says she is thinking of the family.
“I was actually working as a nurse when I heard the story,” said Brittany Siepelmeier. “One of my patients kind of brought it up to me and saw that it was on the news so obviously it saddened me a lot. I can’t imagine how his family feels right now. So I’m sure any little bit helps them out.”
And Hubka tells me at the end of the farmers market they will count up the donations and give it to the treasurer at the Lincoln Police department. Hubka gave us this update, customers helped raise over $1,200 at the farmers market and she thanks everyone for giving.