There has been a huge outpouring of support for a Bridgeport police officer, who was injured on a motorcycle.
More than $15,000 have been raised in the past week for Officer Sheldon Mayne, who crashed into a car while driving on Interstate 91 in Enfield. Mayne was badly injured in the crash on Aug. 14. Since the crash, he has been in a coma.
Mayne is a popular officer in the department. He’s so popular that when friends heard he was in trouble, they rallied together to do what they could.
“I was in a state of shock thankfully we have very close friends,” Rachel Jarvis, who is a close friend of Mayne, said.
Officer Mayne was off duty riding his motorcycle on I-91 when police said he was traveling at a high rate of speed and crashed into the back of a car in the southbound lane near exit 45.
"He’s responding to commands. People ask him to blink. He’s blinking, squeezing hands, wiggling toes and fingers,” Jarvis said. “That is so big to us.”
Mayne has several broken bones, however, Jarvis said what is most concerning is the swelling in his brain.
Jarvis said she thinks the world of Mayne and wanted to raise money for his recovery.
“I thought let’s try it throw it out on social media,” Jarvis said. “The fact we received so much in two days is phenomenal.”
But, not surprising, Jarvis said Mayne is wonderful guy, who is liked and respected.
"He is a great officer, brother, son, and uncle. The entire Bridgeport Police Department hopes he makes a full and speedy recovery,” Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett, Jr
The cause of the crash is under-investigation. State police will not say whether he was wearing a helmet at the time.
The GoFundMe page set up for Mayne has raised more than $15,000. To donate, click here.
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