MCSO memorial fund helps two wounded officers

Two Arizona law enforcement officers shot in the line of duty are getting some much needed financial help.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio presented the officers with checks for $10,000 each. The money was raised by the Sheriff's Memorial Fund.

"The healing process has been hard," said Clifton Police Sergeant Jason Mingura.

Sgt. Jason Mingura with the Clifton Police Department and Deputy Jonathan Mennan with the Greenlee Sheriff's Office were both shot multiple times while responding to a domestic violence call in January.

"I had to get a bone graph from my left hip to build my two fingers," he said.

"I was shot in the abdomen, the vest was able to stop that, I was also shot in the right shoulder," said Deputy Jonathan Mennen.

Both officers returned fire, killing the suspect.

Greenlee County is about 4 hours east of Phoenix, the shooting happened in Morenci, a town with a population of less than 2,000.

Deputy Mennen was with the Sheriff's Office for only a few months before he was shot.

"This is the first officer-involved shooting where an officer has been wounded since 1911," said Greenlee County Undersheriff Patrick Sexton.

Arpaio and the chair of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Memorial Fund Board Steve Colla, presented each officer with the checks. Since 1998, the organization has given close to $700,000 to families of injured and fallen officers.

"These guys go out every day and put their life on the line to protect us and their families, and this is a small amount we can do for them," said Steve Colla.

Sgt. Mingura is not back to work but is hopeful for a full recovery, he plans to use the money to help with trips to Tucson for treatment.

Deputy Mennen is expected to fully recovery. 

Both officers are grateful and appreciative for the money.

"Been through a lot in the last month and a half, the great support it's been a lot easier, I wouldn't know how to do any of it without the assisting agencies," said Mingura.

Fund organizers say 100% of the money raised goes to the officer's families. If you'd like to donate to the Fund visit: https://www.mcsomemorialfund.com/about-maricopa-memorial-fund.asp
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