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Milwaukee police officer and Cincinnati Bengals fan Herbert Davis, who was shot multiple times in the line of duty on January 27, got a big surprise this week when a Milwaukee radio station stepped up and paid for the officer to attend the Super Bowl.
WTMJ-AM and Good Karma Brands told Davis live on air that they had purchased him Super Bowl tickets, two plane tickets, paid for a hotel room, and they’ll also throw in a couple of thousand dollars in spending money to enjoy himself at the game.
As a station representative gave Davis the Super Bowl news, the officer’s head tilted down and he teared up.
Davis showed his appreciation for the gesture, but he wanted the city to know that there’s some guilt building as the recognition has poured in based on him being a Bengals fan and the team’s run to the Super Bowl has ramped up.
The officer wanted people to know that there were other cops who’d been shot in the line of duty. “I’m getting so much recognition. What are they getting,” Davis said of Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputy Christian Almonte and Milwaukee Police Detective Andrew Wilkiewicz.
“Whatever money that we got donations from, anything that we were able to do, I wanted to share that with them. Football fans or not, if they wanna come I wanted to be able to get them there. If they are not football fans, I would love the opportunity to donate to a cause they would want,” Davis said.
Davis told WTMJ that he’d be taking his dad with him to Los Angeles for the game.
“My dad is my best friend. As much as I am happy and excited for this, this would mean the world to him,” said Davis.
Davis, who gained the attention of the sports world by wearing Bengals gear after being released from a Milwaukee hospital, was responding to a welfare check on Jan. 27 when he was shot by 22-year-old Jetrin Rodthong.
According to TMJ-4, Rodthong exited his car and tried to run from Davis. A struggle ensued and Davis backed off. Rodthong responded by shooting the officer, getting in the police cruiser and driving off.
Police say Rodthong admitted to using meth and heroin before the incident and he also admitted to having a 9mm in his waistband that he used.