Murphy Shows Support
By Dawna Hubert
The collective heart of Murphy broke upon news of the death of Richardson Police Officer David Sherrard on February 7, 2018. While Officer Sherrard was a Wylie resident, he and his wife Nicole and two daughters have been active members of the Murphy community.
“Immediately, we knew we needed to do something to both assist the family and allow our community to show their love and support for Officer Sherrard” said Jaime Brown, a Moderator on the Facebook group MoMs of Murphy (MoMs).
“Many of us know Nicole from Orangetheory Fitness” said MoMs Administrator Sarah Toth. “We worked out alongside Dave. They are both very well-known and respected in our community. Dave will be missed by all who knew him. As wives and mothers our hearts break for Nicole and her girls and we just want to help in any way we can.”
Within two days of his passing, a plan was in place, with the cooperation of the Murphy Police Department, to provide a drive-up location where volunteers would apply a strip of blue tape across the back window of vehicles, emblazoned with Officer Sherrard’s name and shield number, 1078. Donations were also collected at the event for the Sherrard family.
With the temperature stalled in the mid 30’s, nearly a dozen volunteers braved the cold Saturday morning to help. The event was scheduled to go from 9 am to 11 am, but as cars kept streaming in, the volunteers kept working.
In just over two and a half hours, over one hundred vehicles were adorned with the tribute, with most drivers generously contributing to the family. The event raised $4,520 on-site. MoMs is continuing to receive pledged funds and anticipates the total raised by the event will exceed $5,000. All funds collected will be delivered to the family.
“Moms of Murphy is a reflection of the very best characteristics of our town” said Brown. “We are caring, generous, hard-working and very willing to help our neighbors when they need it most. I'm so proud to be a part of this wonderful community.”