Golf scramble raises thousands for family of a fallen police officer

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TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - Golfers over the weekend tried to get close to the pin, to benefit the family of an officer who lost his life in the line of duty.  On Sunday, the golf scramble raised $4,014 for the family of Jonathan Schmidt.

This past April, Trumann officer Jonathan Schmidt was shot a killed while making a traffic stop. And even with the hot temperatures, people from all over came out to tee off for a good cause.

"We've had people from Jonesboro. We've had people from Marion. People from down in Brinkley. We've got people coming from all over," said Organizer Jeremy Bond.

Participants all put their best swing forward, to help the family of Trumann Officer Jonathan Schmidt. Aaron Riddle became close friends with Officer Schmidt back in 2007 when they started on the police department together. "My wife and his wife, my kids and his kids we all hung out together. He was a part of my life and he always will be," said Riddle.

In his friend's memory, Riddle used Officer Schmidt's old clubs, a memorial that he carried with him when he took to the course.

"I put a thin blue line through them just to commemorate him. His wife was okay with that. She thought it was a good way to honor him. I just hope I can play good enough with them," said Riddle.

Organizer Jeremy Bond says 32 teams participated in the benefit golf scramble. Bond says the support he's seen for the Schmidt family has shown just how big the hearts are of the people in this area. "It just seems like anytime anyone mentions anything about doing something for the Schmidt family you have a good turn out. It says a lot about Northeast Arkansas. It says a lot about Trumann. It says a lot about the police community," said Bond.

Bond says he plans to stand-by the Schmidt family for the long haul. "As a fellow officer, we are all a big tight family and so anything we can do to help, and this in not going to be a one time thing. We will continue to stay with this family for the duration," said Bond.

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