Packing House hosts fish fry fundraiser for fallen Milwaukee officer's family

Posted at 6:39 PM, Jun 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-15 19:39:57-04

It has really been a rough week for the law enforcement community here in Milwaukee. Last week 23-year-old officer Charles Irvine was killed in the line of duty during a police pursuit near 76th and Silver Spring.

With that, one local business is looking to help Irvine's family by raising lots of money.  The reason behind this hits close to home for The Packing House General Manager Chris Wiken.

“This story really struck me personally," said Wiken. "Both my father and grandfather were police officers and to lose an officer in the line of duty I think is a real particular tragedy."

“To lose one in the line of duty I think just particularly hurts,” he said.

On Friday, proceeds from each fish plate sold is going to the Irvine Family. The restaurant is also collecting donations all day. Sara Rhodes and her husband are from Sarasota,  Fla. When they heard of the fundraiser they wanted to help out.

“It makes such a difference and it warms our heart to know that we are able to help in ways that we didn’t even know we were going to,” Rhodes said.

“We hope the rest of the community continues to support and doesn’t let that family forget how important the officer was in giving up his life for us.”