WAGNER, S.D. — Police and fire departments in southeast South Dakota have played in a softball game to fundraise for an injured resident who helped an officer being assaulted.
The departments organized Thursday’s game in Wagner to fundraise for 53-year-old Wayne Joseph, 53.
Officer James Flynn alleges he was assaulted by Jubal Grant Jr. in June when attempting to arrest the teenager on previous warrants. A bystander, Joseph tried to assist Flynn and was also assaulted. He is unable to work for 13 weeks and is struggling financially, the Mitchell Daily Republic (http://bit.ly/2vl4dSU ) reported.
“He just never even thought twice, he jumped in to help someone else and that’s huge for our department,” Wagner officer Brian McGuire said. “It really represents the good people in the community and we owe him.”
Thursday’s game featured officials from more than 10 agencies.
“When a citizen steps in and helps the police, they’re really helping the whole community, so we were more than willing to jump in and help,” Wagner Fire Department member David Woods said.
Police have also organized a GoFundMe fundraising campaign to raise donations, and are considering other benefits to help offset the father of 14’s medical and living expenses. The web page has raised more than $1,000 as of Thursday. Police said donations can also be dropped off at the department.
Officer Jerry Renken told The Associated Press that Grant was arrested later that night by the Yankton Sioux Tribal Police Department because non-tribal law enforcement is barred from arresting someone on tribal land. Grant is being held at Charles Mix County Jail on several charges the jail said can’t yet be disclosed due to jail policy.
Information from: The Daily Republic, http://www.mitchellrepublic.com