SHELBY COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - People around the country are offering prayers and support for sergeant Wytasha Carter’s family. Closer to home, a Shelby County organization began to help within hours.
Sometimes, it’s hard to understand what others are going through unless you have been there yourself.
“It was Phillip’s wife and it was her idea and passion to start the Phillip Davis Foundation,” Shelby County Deputy Debbie Sumrall explains.
Pelham Police Officer Phillip Davis was shot and killed during a traffic stop on I-65 in 2009.
Davis’s wife started the foundation to help families like the Carters. “She presented the check at the 4 o’clock roll call and it was given to the family,” Deputy Sumrall explains. “We’ve usually been there the next day and handed over a check. You can just see the immediate relief and their family’s faces."
Because when a loved one has died, the grief is enough to deal with. But families are forced to face the financial burdens of funerals and loss of income.
“We can jump in our car and take a check with us and be there within hours and just handed over and give it to the family no questions asked no paperwork involved here is the check do with it as you see fit for whatever you need,” Sumrall says.