CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - More than $7,000 was raised this week for a reitred Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who is in need of a new heart, CMPD said.
The department held a barbecue on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in their parking lot to rasie money for retired CMPD Officer Harold Jackson's medical bills.
Jackson checked into the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL Monday morning in hopes of getting a new heart. He is likely one year away from the transplant. Even as he struggles to breathe, his spirits are lifted by all the support he's received from his fellow officers.
“You know I wish I could create another vocabulary to express our gratitude and gratefulness from my brother and sisters in blue, and everybody,’ Jackson said.
Officer Jackson retired from CMPD in 2015. In his 35 years on the force, he worked quite a diverse beat—undercover, vice and narcotics, homicide, gang intel and he worked with mentoring programs.
He will have surgery on Thursday to have a pump put on his heart until he gets a transplant. If you want to get results and help him, there is a GoFundMe set up for him.