Event Raises Thousands For Injured Oklahoma County Deputy

Wednesday, June 8th 2011, 10:11 am
By: News 9


MIDWEST CITY, Oklahoma -- A fundraiser for an Oklahoma County Sheriff's deputy shot in the head raised thousands more dollars than expected.

The "Tip A Cop" event was held Tuesday night at Old Chicago restaurant in Midwest City. Law enforcement officers waited tables and all the tips collected went to help Major John Waldenville. Major Waldenville was shot in the head while working as a security guard for Cattlemen's Restaurant.

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Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel says he and his deputies hoped to collect $3,000 for Major Waldenville's medical care. Instead, they raised more than $12,000. Sheriff Whetsel says it could not have been done without the generosity of employees of the sheriff's office, and of citizens.

Major Waldenville is still in the hospital. According to Sheriff Whetsel, Major Waldenville is making a lot of progress. He no longer relies on a ventilator to breathe, and had successful surgery for his eyes.