The Boone County Sheriff’s Office is seeking donations from the public for its Sponsor-A-Deputy fundraiser.
The initiative raises funds to send BCSO deputies to Washington, D.C. for Police Memorial Week, where they will be able to honor Jake Pickett, a BCSO deputy who was killed in the line of duty in March 2018.
“They have a monument there for fallen officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty, and we are going to see the presentation of the new names to be added, and one of those would be Deputy Jake Pickett,” BCSO Public Information Officer Wesley Garst said. “There’s going to be all kinds of different stuff going on.”
Police Memorial Week is May 12 to May 16. The BCSO wants to send as many deputies as possible. It also will send its honor guard.
“We are taking our honor guard team there to be a part of a national celebration and participating with other departments from around the country,” Garst said.
Travel arrangements are still being worked out, so Garst said it is unclear what the final cost per deputy will be.
Members of the public can donate by scanning a QR code. The code leads to a PayPal website where donations can be made. The website is paypal.com/donate/?token=oVapUB6kgkc6YZXobjtAJObvNjUAqSDK0ZB4_ppU2nL0IiStS1Yzy6Quv-zJVPpOLnUbI0&country.x=US&locale.x=US.
In addition to donating online, checks can be mailed to BCSO, 1905 Indianapolis Ave., Lebanon, IN 46052.