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NFL quarterback Matthew Stafford brings presents to, helps raise money for family of fallen Detroit officer

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The quarterback of the Detroit Lions has adopted the family of a slain Detroit Police officer.

Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions stepped in to assist the family of DPD Corporal Myron Jarrett, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver during a traffic stop on October 28.

On Wednesday night Stafford, his family joined a crowd of police officers gathered at McShane’s Irish Pub, with the Lions QB assisting in a silent auction and raffle of signed sports memorabilia in an effort to raise money for the Stafford family- with items including signed hockey pucks, baseballs and jerseys.

This isn’t the first contact the Jarrett family have had with Stafford- earlier that day, he and his wife Kelly came to their home to hand out gifts and spend time with them.

“Matthew Stafford and his wife are so sweet and he’s so down to earth,” widow Sacha Jarrett said. “He’s such a regular guy, I didn’t know. He came to my home, he seemed like he was very comfortable there he communicated with my kids and I just appreciate what they did for my family this Christmas.”

In addition to the presence of Stafford, DPD’s 12 precinct, the Detroit Police Academy and the recruiting division also stepped in to make sure Sacha and her four kids would be well taken care of, organizing the event on Wednesday night.

The widow Jarrett says this is a particularly hard time for her family.

“I have a daughter that’s a senior in high school, so she’s really taking it hard and her father won’t be there for her graduation- so it’s very difficult for her,” Jarrett said. “So this is going to be double for her not having him for the holidays as well as not being at her graduation in June.”

In addition to the love and support from Detroit PD, the family also received a plaque from Detroit’s Lieutenant and Sergeant’s Association.

“This is just an indication of the family that we have in the DPD,” Chief James Craig said. “Corporal Jarrett was a part of our family and this is also a way of saying that we never forget,”

According to Fox2Detroit, Sacha Jarrett says she cannot express enough gratitude.

“I really want to let them know that I appreciate everything, the outpouring of support for my kids has been overwhelming and I’m just so happy,” she said.

Chief Craig says that the fallen 8-year veteran of Detroit Police will also have a street named after him, located in the same area where he was killed.

 

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