EULESS, TX -- When an officer goes down, it shows us the worst and then the best of humanity.
“They are overwhelmed that this community cares as much as it does,” Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said about the family of injured Fort Worth PD Officer Matt Pearce. "They knew it did, but it’s just times like this that bring the best out in our community. “
While Officer Pearce fights for his life, the community is fighting for his wife and two young daughters.
That giving spirit extends way beyond North Texas too.
One of Pearce’s college frat brothers at Washington State started a GoFundMe account to help the Pearce family. And in less than 24 hours, that amount is racing toward its $50,000 goal.
"He shot at Matt, hitting him 7 times -- once in the cheek, twice in the arm, twice in the chest and twice in the leg, with one hitting his diaphragm and liver," a message on the GoFundMe page reads. "His femur was fractured, and his heart bruised."
Lately, folks in DFW have been stepping up for law enforcement when the worst happens. There are still flowers at the makeshift memorial for Euless Officer David Hofer who was shot and killed in the line of duty.
Two weeks to the day after Hofer’s death, we saw a second officer shooting in North Texas. That struck a nerve for the people of Euless.
"It's very somber,” said NYPD Pizza Owner Joe Gallant. "It’s very, what should I say, concerning to all involved.”
Gallant owns two cop favorites in the restaurant industry, NYPD Pizza in Euless and Big Apple Deli in Fort Worth. After watching this happen in both the cities where he welcomes Police into his businesses, he had a simple message for the boys in blue.
"Pray. Don’t need to say anything else,” he said. "He’s still alive. Pray."