The family of a Huntsville Police Officer gunned down in the line of duty is giving back to the community.
Officer William Eric Freeman's family says the money collected from a T-shirt sell that was originally to be given to them, will now towards a future memorial, not only in memory of their loved one, but for other officers as well.
WAFF 48's Robyn McGlohn has this report.
Thirty six year old Eric Freeman died doing what he loved.
A Huntsville Police Officer, he was also the father of five, the husband of a loving wife, and now a man no one will forget.
His service ended December 15th, 2007, only a day after he was shot in the line of duty.
The community united together to support a grieving family, one who soon would turn around and give back to law enforcement.
"This came about by accident, when Channel 48 and Redstone Federal Credit Union came up to give the Freeman family their check, then someone said well what else are we doing?" says Huntsville Police Spokesman Wendell Johnson.
He says Huntsville Police were already in the process of making T-shirts to sell with the proceeds going to the Freeman family.
"We're getting orders all over the place, people are coming in off the streets, ordering by phone, by mail and it's quite an honor that people would respect our law enforcement officers like that," Johnson says.
And that's exactly what Officer Freeman's wife thought: the money she was to receive to be given back to the department to help fund a memorial to be built in the coming years.
HPD is taking orders for the T-shirts right now you can call them at 256-427-7009.
The WAFF 48 Officer William Eric Freeman Fund now stands just over $307,000 dollars.