TOLEOD -- Since Toledo Police Detective Keith Dressel was shot and killed in the line of duty, there's been an outpouring of support and donations for his family. In only twelve hours, Toledoans raised thousands of dollars with the help of a local radio station. Today, Police Chief Mike Navarre accepted the donation, and spoke on the air about the family and the detective's funeral.
Detective Dressel was shot and killed last Wednesday after a confrontation in north Toledo. Police say Dressel and two other undercover officers confronted 15-year-old Robert Jobe and 19-year-old Sherman Powell on Ontario Street around 2:00am. Jobe and Powell ran, and when Dressel caught up to Jobe, police say Jobe pulled a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson and fired once, hitting Dressel in the chest.
The other two officers tackled Powell and took him into custody. Jobe ran from the scene, then turned himself in shortly after 11:00am that same day. Both Jobe and Powell are in jail, awaiting further court action.
Monday's funeral for Dressel drew hundreds of police officers to a church in Temperance, Michigan. He was eulogized as a dedicated family man and dedicated police officer. Those hundreds of police officers then formed a 5-mile-long procession to the cemetery, where Dressel was buried with full honors.
The normally upbeat morning pop-music show on KISS-FM was stunningly solemn, but also proud. Tuesday morning, Police Chief Mike Navarre was on the air with host Andrew Z, to receive a check for more than $5,000 and a community condolence card filled with signatures and messages of sympathy. The station also played a specially-mixed song that included some sound clips from yesterday's funeral.
"I have received hundreds of emails, letters, phone calls, contributions, literally thousands of contributions and the family can use that, and that's a good thing," said Navarre on the air.
"It makes people feel part of the healing process even if it's just a couple of dollars they've thrown into a milk jub at a Sterling store -- makes them feel like they are helping," said host Andrew Zapata. "The community has come together to support this family -- and they need to stay together."