Community comes together to support family of fallen Brackenridge chief, injured Tarentum officer

BRACKENRIDGE, Pa. — Channel 11 News is learning more about the Tarentum police officer shot in the line of duty during a deadly manhunt Monday.

It was a scary scene on Monday afternoon outside Todd Pierce’s home on Morgan Street. As he hid from gunfire, a Tarentum police officer was hit by Aaron Swan Jr.

“I was looking this way he was standing over here and that’s when I heard him say I’m hit I’m hit, and he ran back down toward 3rd Avenue,” said Todd Pierce.

That officer is now identified as 24-year-old Jordan Schrecengost. His cousin Jamie told Channel 11 he’s only been on the job for three years.

“My heart dropped they put their lives on the line everyday not just police officers but firefighters and EMTs. They get up every day not knowing if they are going to come home at night. When I heard it was my cousin, I was like what can I do,” Jamie Kozlowski said.

She went to her boss at Gino Brothers Pizzeria. Immediately an idea for a fundraiser came together.

“From the three original posts we posted there were over 800 shares and there are people messaging I’ve never heard of before,” Kozlowski said.

The community stepping up willing to donate items to a raffle and Chinese auction. All the proceeds will benefit Jordan and fallen Chief Justin McIntire’s family.

“If I can make them a little bit of money to help ease his pain then that’s what I want to do,” Kozlowski said.

Kozlowski said Jordan is home recovering from that gunshot wound. As for the fundraiser, it will take place next Friday, January 13 as well as Saturday, January 14.

Another fundraiser is being hosted by Tarentum police. Click here to find out more.

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