‘Thank you, Tulsa’ | Community raises $600K for TPD officers shot in the line of duty

TULSA, Okla. — A community-wide fundraiser helped raise $600,000 for two Tulsa police officers who were shot in the line of duty.

Sgt. Craig Johnson and Officer Aurash Zarkeshan responded to a traffic stop on June 29 when the suspect shot at both. Johnson died because of his injuries and Zarkeshan continues in his recovery.

Since the shooting, the TPD Foundation, FOX23 and COX Media Radio partners started a community-wide fundraiser for the Johnson and Zarkeshan families.

"We want to make sure these two individuals are not lost in the shuffle, not lost in the coronavirus, that their lives matter, that they're families now they mattered," said Roger Chasteen with the TPD Foundation.

Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said the families are appreciative.

“Officer Zark is Tulsa’s hope as we have this tragedy take place,” Franklin said.

The money raised will be split between the two families.

Anyone looking to donate online can do so directly to the Tulsa Police Injured and Fallen Officers fund.

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