Officer Tom Wagstaff's Fund
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Prayers and well wishes to you from the LEO family in Las Vegas, NV!
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.
Keeping the Wagstaff family in my prayers. You touch my heart.
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.