Monday, May 1, 2017

Wagstaff Fundraiser - Thank You

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From: Muriel Luedeman

Wagstaff Fundraiser - Thank You

Dear Living Hope​ Family and all Saints,

Steam Train Travelers and True Blue bands were able to raise $1080 for Officer Wagstaff. Thank you so much for your sacrifices of time, effort, and money for one who puts his life on the line every day for all of us. Thomas Wagstaff was shot when gun fire was exchanged during a robbery in Independence March 29th. Officer Louis Virgil was on hand Friday night to give us an update on Wagstaff. He told the crowd that Wagstaff was given “zero probability of recovery” by the surgeon. After nearly a week, his fellow officers had said their good byes to their friend. On Tuesday, April 4th, a final series of tests were run before the decision was made to take him off life support. The tests showed marked signs of improvement and gave everyone hope for the first time in a week. Wagstaff was soon talking in sentences and fully aware. The surgeon admitted it was a miracle. Wagstaff was transferred to a brain trauma rehab hospital out of state. A police guard is with him 24/7. He makes small significant steps in his recovery every day.

Officer Virgil said the Wagstaff family and the police department are amazed and gratified by the outpouring of support from the whole KC area and across the nation. It did so much for all Independence police officers. He asked us to continue our prayers for Wagstaff as he continues to recover. Virgil takes photos of all the fundraisers to show to the family.

Fundraiser T shirts and bracelets are available for sale. If you are interested in helping that way, call Officer Louis Virgil at 816-325-7643. Also, checks can be made out to “Answering the Call”, a non-profit group set up to accept funds for the Wagstaff family.

Once again, thank you, one and all, for coming out for this event. Special thanks to everyone who “answered the call” to help with the concert.

Muriel Luedeman

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