Neighbors come together to help deputy who was shot

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- The outpouring of support for Winnebago County Sheriff's Deputy Stephen Wright who was shot late last month has been incredible. And it's not stopping anytime soon. His neighbors are now stepping in to lend a hand.

"I want to help and I want them to know that the community is on their side,” said neighbor Danna Krischke.

Danna Krischke couldn't believe it when she found out a Winnebago County Deputy was shot almost two weeks ago.
"I was shocked and really sadden to hear that,” said Krischke.

She was even more shocked when she found out he lives in her neighborhood.

"It just really made me want to do something that we can help them and let them know that you know since there’s so much negativity that there are people that are on their side,” said Krischke.

So she posted on her neighborhood Facebook page asking friends to come together to help the deputy and his fiancé.

“It kind of renewed my faith in the community that there are still so many good people out there that are willing to help and do whatever they need to,” said Krischke.

Brian Hansmeier was one of 30 neighbors who responded to lend a hand. He's offered to work on deputy Stephen Wright's lawn for as long as he needs it.
"If there's any little thing we can do, that can help take one thing off their mind that's what our thoughts were,” said Hansmeier.

Hansmeier and Krischke say the whole neighborhood is behind Wright.

"I think people need to realize that they are our local heroes and without them the crime is only going to get worse and worse, and we need them and we need to support them and let them know that we are here for them as a community,” said Krischke.

Police are still in search of Jordan Spates, the man who allegedly shot wright last month. The reward for information regarding spates is up to $15,000.