The Springfield Police Department released a statement about Officer Christopher Walsh, who died in the line of duty after being shot while attempting to rescue a shooting victim Sunday night at the Kum & Go on East Chestnut Expressway.
“Chris died a hero, rushing in without regard to his own safety to protect members of his community. His courageous actions serve as an example to us all,” said Chief of Police Paul Williams in the press statement.
Here is the rest of the statement:
Officer Walsh served with the Springfield Police Department since 2016 and was assigned as a patrol officer after graduating with the 68th Academy. He was also an Army veteran, active in the US Army Reserves for 10 years.
Officer Walsh is a Springfield native. He graduated from Glendale High School before attending Ozark Technical Community College where he completed the EMT-B course.
Chris was 32 years old and is survived by his wife and daughter.
A memorial fund has been established for Officer Walsh’s family through the Springfield Police Officers’ Association. All donations to the account will be given to the family.
Donations can be made by visiting Metro Credit Union at 447 South Campbell Avenue in Springfield. Donations are to be dropped off either in the drive-thru or the overnight dropbox.
Make checks payable to “SPOA Relief Fund.” Any check over $1,000 will also need to include the legal name and address of the donor.
Businesses who are interested in fundraising should attend an organizational meeting Thursday at the Springfield Police Officers’ Association, 235 North Benton Avenue, beginning at 6 p.m..
The SPOA is asking for privacy for Officer Walsh’s family. Any questions, offers of fundraising, or other information can be directed to Brandon Keene of the SPOA at 417-920-2800.