Fundraiser for LVMPD officer's daughter wounded in shooting attracts supporters
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
While the Las Vegas community continues to heal from last week's tragedy on the Strip, about 40 people remain hospitalized, including 18-year-old college student Rylie Golgart, who was shot in the back.
On Wednesday, members of her very large, extended family in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department pitched in to help.
Rylie’s father Rick is a 23-year veteran of the force. He was assisting victims in the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting when he found out his daughter was among the wounded.
“He took a load of people to UMC and then got a call from his daughter that she was shot,” said retired LVMPD officer Tom Wagner, who organized the fundraiser.
The famous Budweiser Clydesdales helped with the fundraiser at LVMPD headquarters, assisted by the department’s mounted crew.
“It's not something we can do every day, so we definitely jumped on the opportunity,” said Sgt. Steve Armbruster. “Appreciate their support for this community and this department.”
Wagner says it's unclear if Rylie will ever walk again.
“Second surgery was yesterday. Got the shrapnel out,” Wagner said. “And now they're in the process of seeing what's going to respond and what isn't.”
A GoFundMe account is attempting to cover some of her expenses, but Wagner says the road ahead will be tough.
“She's going to have physical therapy bills, life-changing walking devices,” he said. “And if we raise $10,000-$20,000, that just goes to help.”
More than 1,000 T-shirts sold out at Wednesday’s event, and more will be printed soon.