EAST PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – On New Years Eve, the Fon du Lac Police Department held the East Peoria Illinois (FOLEPI) Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights booth, donating all proceeds to East Peoria Karson Police Officer Klyber.
Klyber was struck by a car while attending another crash, guarding against traffic in a patrol car with the hazard lights on.
Fon du Lac Police Chief Michael Johnson said they typically volunteer two or three times a season and donate 50 percent of the proceeds to the Marine Service to support the dive team. However, after learning of the accident, Johnson wanted to donate the money to this officer.
FOLEPI leaders let 100 percent of the profits go to the officer, and by the end of the night, they raised about $ 5,700.
The officer, in his twenties, is still hospitalized, Johnson said. He said they didn’t know if he would be able to walk again, but the whole community is hoping for a positive outcome.
He said people came in droves on New Years Eve, with many donating further to the cause.
âPolice are family, whether you are a state, city, county, park district, we are all one family,â he said. âAnd when someone is hurt, we go out en masse to help each other. The community is the same. East Peoria is a strong community, all of our agents are a part of this community, and residents know it.
A GoFundMe page created for Agent Klyber can be found here for those who wish to donate. On New Years Day, the page totaled nearly $ 35,000.