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Ottumwa Law Enforcement rally together for cookout for officer’s wife

Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 9:51 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - A heat index of over 110 didn’t stop Ottumwans from rallying together for a good cause Wednesday.

Cars backed up a good portion of East 2nd Street for a cookout held to rasie money for Ottumwa Police Officer Chase Johnson’s Family after his wife was several injured in a car accident earlier this month.

The cookout, organized by Wapello County Supervisor Brian Morgan, rallied police, sheriff, and emergency management staff, with businesses like JBS and Fareway donating food for the cookout.

Deputy Sheriff Jason Fuller commented on what he thinks Officer Johnson might be feeling. ”I know he’s very appreciative of everything that everyone’s doing. Everyone’s just come together to help out the best that they can.” The nearly 300 pounds of meat donated by JBS sold out within 20 minutes. Deputy Fuller said that’s a good problem to have. Luckily, a trip to Fareway and Hy-Vee got around 700 hot dogs to finish the event out - ultimately raising over $18,593 for the Johnson family.

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