Officer Tom Wagstaff's Fund

$33,398 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 513 people in 10 months
Mike Lynch
on behalf of Ron Doumitt
 INDEPENDENCE, MO
Thomas Wagstaff, Independence Police Officer, was shot in the line of duty March 29th, 2017.   He is a proud parent of two teenage sons and a devoted husband to his college sweetheart, Stacy--an elementary school art teacher.  Tom is the nicest guy anyone from the Department, his church, his sons' scout troop and athletic teams, his wife's school, and his old rugby team has ever met.  While the Independence Police Department and other social services will cover most medical bills, please help Tom's family with the long-term care costs and lost wages that don't get covered.  Everyone who knows Tom would love to see him back on his feet and cheering loudly for his sons again as soon as possible.  Thank you all very much.

Site administrator, Mike Lynch, was a college roommate and teammate of Tom's, and a family friend for nearly two decades.  Mike's two sons were in the same cub scout pack and boy scout troop as Tom and Stacy's boys.  Tom made frequent passes by Mike's house in Independence, whooping the siren to alert his boys that Officer Friendly was in the neighborhood.
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Tom is making steady progress every day. He's working hard to hit his therapy targets and, true to his sniper training, he does not miss. Please share Tom's story and keep him, Stacy, and the boys in your prayers.
We just couldn't stop giggling. . .
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Just saw Tom yesterday and he is making an incredible recovery. He hasn't lost his sense of humor--poking fun at himself and talking quite a bit of smack on me. Stacy gave a tour of the Madonna Rehabilitation facility and it is absolutely amazing! Tom has an optimistic timetable to return home. If anyone can beat the doctors' expectations, Tom can. He's been doing it week after week. Keep the prayers coming and please share. Thank you all very much.
Tom challenges everyone to thumb wrestle
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Tom continues to improve every day--impressing his family, friends, and doctors with his progress. He still has a long way to go, but all of us who know Tom know he's a fighter. . . and almost as tough as Stacy. Please continue to share Tom's story and pray for his recovery. Thank you everyone!
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We're a quarter of the way to our goal in less than a week! From Stacy: "Day to day, small improvements. Prayers are being heard. Please keep them coming!!!". Your support has been equal parts amazing and humbling. Thank you to all of you who have donated, shared, and kept Tom, Stacy, and the boys in your thoughts and prayers. Please keep sharing Tom's story with your friends, coworkers, across your social media networks, and even with people in line at the grocery store. Cast your nets far and wide so we can help a very deserving family. #Wagstrong
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Shaun Pfannenstiel
10 months ago

Tammy, this is a time of prayers and a time of need for the Wagstaff family. It's not a hand out, it's a hand up. These men and women serve and protect our community on a daily basis (just as your spouse used to be). It shouldn't be a question of where is my money going, it should be that your heart is reaching out to a family that is suffering. My suggestion to your questioning of the funds destination is to pray about it. God bless you Wagstaff family! May the Lord's healing hand touch Officer Tom and his entire family.

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Mike Lynch
10 months ago

Tammy, I appreciate your concern. If you or anyone else would like to donate to the family but are suspicious of online fundraising and/or me in particular, you can send your donation to Stacy Wagstaff, c/o Tom Wagstaff, Independence Police Department, 223 N. Memorial Drive, Independence, MO 64050. To answer your questions: first, all of the money will go to Stacy Wagstaff for Tom's long term care. Second, while the Police Department and the City of Independence will cover most medical expenses, they will not cover everything forever. If Tom needs his home redesigned to meet his needs, if he needs accommodated transportation, if Stacy needs to take days off work to take Tom to the doctor, if there are travel expenses to see specialists. . . and so on, these funds will cover those costs that are often not covered by insurance. The term "medical bills" was easier to post than the above. Again, thank you for your concern and please extend my thanks to your husband for his service.

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Cinnamon Steinhardt
10 months ago

I'm sure the creator may not have been aware of that fact but that doesn't mean the family won't have expenses related to this. The mother will need help with her children while she is with her husband and I'm sure his income under a work comp injury will be less than his normal take home pay, it always is. Just because they may have worded it incorrectly does not mean they are not being honest. They are just trying to help this family during an unimaginable time.

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Kathie Spencer Schutte
10 months ago

Tammy, thank your husband for his service and thank you for your sacrifices as a LEO wife. You stated worker's comp would cover loss of wages and permanent disability (I pray he needs neither of these and has a complete recovery). I do not personally know this young officer or his family, but I am a LEO mom. I know that worker's comp and disability usually pay less than half of a worker's salary. I'm sure you probably know that if a family loses more than half of a spouse's income, it would be financially devastating. If you want to help but don't trust this particular venue, please use others that have been named, but please do not fault this officers good friend, Mr. Lynch, for doing whatever he can to step up and help this family. I have found from experience that we sometimes forget that during a crisis like this, our best friends stand by feeling helpless but wanting badly to help their friend in any way they can. Thank you, Mr. Lynch, for helping your friend and his family.

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Sara James
10 months ago
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Exodus 15:26 God says I am the Lord who heals. Matthew 21:22 and whatever you ask in prayer you shall receive if you have faith. Continuous prayers for him that he has a full recovery and for his family that the Lord gives them strength and faith during this time.

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Cheryl Curtis
10 months ago
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Mike thank you for setting up this account. I am sure that the Wagstaff family will be very thankful for all the prayers and donations. Thank you Tom for your service and thank you to all your fellow police officers.

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Tammy Clemmons
10 months ago
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Having been the wife of an Independence, MO police officer for many years I know for a fact that family will not be responsible for any medical bills. So why the GoFundMe for "medical bills"? I will not donate until I have an answer to this question--please explain yourself. Who's bank account is this going into? Is the money going to be given to this City of Independence as they are the ones responsible for paying the bills? I'm not trying to be accusatory, I'm simply doing my due diligence before making a donation.

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Carrie Burns Russell
10 months ago
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Officer Thomas Wagstaff Donation Fund We are posting this message on behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #1, in Independence. A donation account has been setup for the family of Officer Wagstaff. Donations in the form of checks or cash can be delivered to the police department (223 N. Memorial Drive) with Attention to Officer L. Virgil. Or delivered to the Greater KC Public Safety Credit Union. (19341 East US 40 Highway) Checks can be made to "Answering The Call" The fund is a 501c 1st responder non-profit fund. Every donation dollar will go directly to the family. If you have any questions, please call Officer Virgil at (816) 325-7643.

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Isabella Rose
10 months ago
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No one should donate through Go Fund me because they take a five percent cut plus a 3% processing fee. Better to send a check to the address listed below for the Independence Police Department. Just an FYI.

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Debbie Allen
10 months ago
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My daughter, an officer in Missouri told me about this. Our hearts go out to this family. Sending California love to your family.

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Irene Holland
10 months ago
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If People are concerned about where the money is going, We all know that the medical bills are being taken care of, but what about the other bills that must be taken care of, like the House and car payments along with the insurance, telephone , gas , electricity water and all the other bills that his wife needs help with, *Im just glad I can help. Irene holland

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Mike Lynch
10 months ago

I don't know that "no one" should donate through GoFundMe, but you are correct that a fee is charged (I cannot attach a link to this comment, but at the bottom of the GFM home page, click on "Pricing and Fees"). Donations can also be mailed or delivered to the Independence Police Department. The Wagstaffs appreciate all donations, large and small, whether they be check, credit card, doubloons, or otherwise. Even if people can't or don't want to donate, thoughts and prayers are always appreciated. Thank you all very much.

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Michele Hines
8 months ago

Prayers and well wishes to you from the LEO family in Las Vegas, NV!

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Christopher Sparks
9 months ago

Tammy, Mike Lynch is a friend and a fellow rugby player from college. He's a stand up guy and is doing what riggers do when a teammate and friend needs help. I understand the concern and would encourage you to donate through another route. I think this was set up more for teammates and friends than for the general public but feel free to help in the way that you feel comfortable.

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Faye Huff
10 months ago

Keeping the Wagstaff family in my prayers. You touch my heart.

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Tammy Clemmons
10 months ago

I understand that but this is misleading the public. Worker's comp pays medical costs, loss of wages and permanent disability benefits. I simply want to make sure the funds are going to the proper place and then I will be happy to make a donation. Tom and his family are most-worthy.

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Anonymous
7 months ago
ND
$50
Neena Dunlop
9 months ago

Amazing recovery! Amazing man!

KD
$100
Karen Downey
9 months ago

Continued prayers for a complete recovery.

SD
$200
Sheila Davis
9 months ago

Continued prayers for a full recovery.

Shaun Pfannenstiel
10 months ago

Tammy, this is a time of prayers and a time of need for the Wagstaff family. It's not a hand out, it's a hand up. These men and women serve and protect our community on a daily basis (just as your spouse used to be). It shouldn't be a question of where is my money going, it should be that your heart is reaching out to a family that is suffering. My suggestion to your questioning of the funds destination is to pray about it. God bless you Wagstaff family! May the Lord's healing hand touch Officer Tom and his entire family.

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Mike Lynch
10 months ago

Tammy, I appreciate your concern. If you or anyone else would like to donate to the family but are suspicious of online fundraising and/or me in particular, you can send your donation to Stacy Wagstaff, c/o Tom Wagstaff, Independence Police Department, 223 N. Memorial Drive, Independence, MO 64050. To answer your questions: first, all of the money will go to Stacy Wagstaff for Tom's long term care. Second, while the Police Department and the City of Independence will cover most medical expenses, they will not cover everything forever. If Tom needs his home redesigned to meet his needs, if he needs accommodated transportation, if Stacy needs to take days off work to take Tom to the doctor, if there are travel expenses to see specialists. . . and so on, these funds will cover those costs that are often not covered by insurance. The term "medical bills" was easier to post than the above. Again, thank you for your concern and please extend my thanks to your husband for his service.

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Cinnamon Steinhardt
10 months ago

I'm sure the creator may not have been aware of that fact but that doesn't mean the family won't have expenses related to this. The mother will need help with her children while she is with her husband and I'm sure his income under a work comp injury will be less than his normal take home pay, it always is. Just because they may have worded it incorrectly does not mean they are not being honest. They are just trying to help this family during an unimaginable time.

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Kathie Spencer Schutte
10 months ago

Tammy, thank your husband for his service and thank you for your sacrifices as a LEO wife. You stated worker's comp would cover loss of wages and permanent disability (I pray he needs neither of these and has a complete recovery). I do not personally know this young officer or his family, but I am a LEO mom. I know that worker's comp and disability usually pay less than half of a worker's salary. I'm sure you probably know that if a family loses more than half of a spouse's income, it would be financially devastating. If you want to help but don't trust this particular venue, please use others that have been named, but please do not fault this officers good friend, Mr. Lynch, for doing whatever he can to step up and help this family. I have found from experience that we sometimes forget that during a crisis like this, our best friends stand by feeling helpless but wanting badly to help their friend in any way they can. Thank you, Mr. Lynch, for helping your friend and his family.

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Sara James
10 months ago
4
4

Exodus 15:26 God says I am the Lord who heals. Matthew 21:22 and whatever you ask in prayer you shall receive if you have faith. Continuous prayers for him that he has a full recovery and for his family that the Lord gives them strength and faith during this time.

+ Read More
Cheryl Curtis
10 months ago
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4

Mike thank you for setting up this account. I am sure that the Wagstaff family will be very thankful for all the prayers and donations. Thank you Tom for your service and thank you to all your fellow police officers.

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Tammy Clemmons
10 months ago
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3

Having been the wife of an Independence, MO police officer for many years I know for a fact that family will not be responsible for any medical bills. So why the GoFundMe for "medical bills"? I will not donate until I have an answer to this question--please explain yourself. Who's bank account is this going into? Is the money going to be given to this City of Independence as they are the ones responsible for paying the bills? I'm not trying to be accusatory, I'm simply doing my due diligence before making a donation.

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Carrie Burns Russell
10 months ago
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2

Officer Thomas Wagstaff Donation Fund We are posting this message on behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #1, in Independence. A donation account has been setup for the family of Officer Wagstaff. Donations in the form of checks or cash can be delivered to the police department (223 N. Memorial Drive) with Attention to Officer L. Virgil. Or delivered to the Greater KC Public Safety Credit Union. (19341 East US 40 Highway) Checks can be made to "Answering The Call" The fund is a 501c 1st responder non-profit fund. Every donation dollar will go directly to the family. If you have any questions, please call Officer Virgil at (816) 325-7643.

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IR
Isabella Rose
10 months ago
1
1

No one should donate through Go Fund me because they take a five percent cut plus a 3% processing fee. Better to send a check to the address listed below for the Independence Police Department. Just an FYI.

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Debbie Allen
10 months ago
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1

My daughter, an officer in Missouri told me about this. Our hearts go out to this family. Sending California love to your family.

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Irene Holland
10 months ago
1
1

If People are concerned about where the money is going, We all know that the medical bills are being taken care of, but what about the other bills that must be taken care of, like the House and car payments along with the insurance, telephone , gas , electricity water and all the other bills that his wife needs help with, *Im just glad I can help. Irene holland

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Mike Lynch
10 months ago

I don't know that "no one" should donate through GoFundMe, but you are correct that a fee is charged (I cannot attach a link to this comment, but at the bottom of the GFM home page, click on "Pricing and Fees"). Donations can also be mailed or delivered to the Independence Police Department. The Wagstaffs appreciate all donations, large and small, whether they be check, credit card, doubloons, or otherwise. Even if people can't or don't want to donate, thoughts and prayers are always appreciated. Thank you all very much.

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Michele Hines
8 months ago

Prayers and well wishes to you from the LEO family in Las Vegas, NV!

+ Read More
Christopher Sparks
9 months ago

Tammy, Mike Lynch is a friend and a fellow rugby player from college. He's a stand up guy and is doing what riggers do when a teammate and friend needs help. I understand the concern and would encourage you to donate through another route. I think this was set up more for teammates and friends than for the general public but feel free to help in the way that you feel comfortable.

+ Read More
Faye Huff
10 months ago

Keeping the Wagstaff family in my prayers. You touch my heart.

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Tammy Clemmons
10 months ago

I understand that but this is misleading the public. Worker's comp pays medical costs, loss of wages and permanent disability benefits. I simply want to make sure the funds are going to the proper place and then I will be happy to make a donation. Tom and his family are most-worthy.

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