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Support Keeps Pouring in for Two Injured FWPD Cops

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FORT WORTH -- Two officers down. One in the line of duty, one on his way home after a long day on the job.

Fort Worth is rallying around both brothers in blue -- Officers Matt Pearce and Kyle Davis.  Both were hospitalized in the past two weeks with life-threatening injuries.

Wednesday, a restaurant in North Richland Hills decided to pay it back.

"They put their lives on the line for us every day," said Chef Blythe Bridges. "They all had a dream to become a police officer.  This was my dream, and it came true for me, so I figured I'd use my dream to help them out."

Yeah, the support from Chef Blythe's Southern Bistro -- and from other folks who are helping out any way they can -- hasn't gone unnoticed by other Fort Worth PD families.

"It's wonderful," said Kelly Kinsellas, whose husband is an FWPD officer. "I don't think a lot of people really understand what a lot of the police officers go through on a daily basis, and on a nightly basis. They want to be able to give back, and I think it's amazing."

Officers Pearce and Davis have a lot in common, but there is one big difference in their situations.

Officer Pearce was shot multiple times in the line of duty, after a car chase turned deadly. Officer Davis had just ended a long shift when he was in a devastating accident that totaled his personal vehicle.

That "line of duty" difference may explain why the fundraising site for Officer Pearce has raised over $73,000, compared to less than $15,000 for Officer Davis.

"They's both hurt, and they're both officers," Chef Bridges said, "so they both deserve help from everyone."

"We should just be supporting all officers," said Mrs. Kinsellas. "That's one less person out on the street, being able to protect the community."

In this tale of two cops. The news for Officer Davis was good Wednesday. He was just released from the hospital.

As he starts down a long road to recovery, Officer Pearce continues to fight for his life. And the support for both these heroes in blue continues to grow.

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