By: Sarah Snyder
MIDLAND - Midland Police are coming together for one of their own. Sergeant Brian Rackow is recovering from injuries he suffered in an explosion but his road to recovery is far from over. That's why officers have been hitting the streets trying to raise money for his medical expenses.
"We're family," Gloria Newman with the Midland Police Department, said. "We're one big huge family. When a family member is hurt, we try to help them out as much as we possibly can."
The idea came from police officers and the Midland Municipal Police Officers Association. So far, they've set up an account at Community National Bank. On Wednesday, they'll hold a blood drive and during the past several days they've set up at the Rockhounds games asking fans to buy raffle tickets.
"Part of our jobs as police officers is to help people we don't know and then people we know who have been through tragic events such as Sgt. Rackow and it's the least we can do to help them throughout this horrific experience they're going through," Officer C.W. Owen with the Midland Field Operations Bureau, said.
They've been raffling off four pistols and a rifle hoping to offset the cost of Sgt. Rackow's medical expenses. Courtesy Pawn and Between the Walls donated the guns and ammo and so far MPD officers have collected $2,700.
"People really come out to support us when we have tragedies," Newman said.
"Phenomenal. Phenomenal support from our community," Officer Owen said. "The citizens of Midland really support our department and we're very appreciative of everything they've done for us."
Sergeant Rackow is out of the hospital but he's still undergoing treatments. Everyone NewsWest 9 spoke with says he's been greatly missed.
"He's got a really good sense of humor and he will likely pull practical jokes when he gets back!" Newman said.
"Sgt. Rackow first of all has a great sense of humor," Officer Owen said. "He likes to have fun and he's good at his job."
Midland Police are asking for your help. On Wednesday, they're holding a blood drive from 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. at City Hall. If you're interested in learning more about the benefit, contact the Police Department at 685-7582.