CANTON, Ill. — The family of fallen Fulton County Deputy Troy Chisum was supported by hundreds of first responders Friday night.
The community came out to support Chisum’s youngest daughter at her softball game. It was her first game without her dad.
“It’s bigger than softball, it’s bigger than sports.” said Aaron Smith, an assistant coach for the opposing team.
The idea to honor Deputy Chisum at the softball game only came about on Friday morning.
“Somebody ran by my office and said, you know about the softball game today? And I’m like, no what are we doing? And, here we are,” said Fulton County Sheriff Jeff Standard.
Within a few hours, both teams were on board and had custom shirts made.
“This hit pretty close to home, you know, I mean, it hit home,” said Standard.
Hundreds of police officers, fire fighters, and paramedics came to the softball game to cheer on the Knox County Crush team.
“Tonight’s not about us, tonight’s about a little girl who lost her father, tragically,” said Standard.
Just before the game started, the Chisum family was joined on the field for a moment of silence.
“When a child loses a family member that can’t support them anymore, unfortunately, and especially under these circumstances, it’s tough. And I hope the girls can realize and appreciate that it’s bigger than just a game,” said Smith.
If you’d like to support the Chisum family, you can donate to the Deputy Troy Chisum Memorial Fund GoFundMe.