LEBANON, Ohio - People throughout the Tri-State and around the country are using social media to reach out to Sgt. Brian Dulle's family.
As of Wednesday evening, the Facebook page that honors the Warren County Sheriff's deputy had more than 7,100 people who "like" it.
The flowers and notes continue to pile up at the spot where the 36-year-old Sgt., husband and father of three died during a police chase on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Sgt. Dulle was ahead of the chase on St. Rt. 42 at Utica Road ready to deploy stop sticks when the suspect's car swerved off the road and struck and killed him. The suspect, Marcus Anthony Isreal, 22, is scheduled to appear in court on multiple charges Thursday afternoon.
"This is probably the most solemn, depressed week that I have ever experienced and I think that any of our employees ever experienced," said Commissioner Pat South.
South said even people who never met Dulle want to help, they just don't know what to do.
"The outpouring of support has been phenomenal. Phones are ringing off the hook," said South.
The wife of Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims and one of her friends, Mary Jo Kubkicki, are using Facebook to spread word of the fundraiser they're planning on June 11 at the county fairgrounds. All of the money will go to Dulle's family.
Kubicki had never met Dulle, but is a good friend of the sheriff and his wife, Tammy.
"These kids are young," said Kubicki. "They've got a whole life ahead of them and now they're going to be missing a father and they need all the help they can get."
Dulle's family will be left with insurance and worker's compensation money, but South said the family will need more.
"It doesn't replace a husband and a father. They have already had financial impact from the daughter who has been fighting cancer." Ten-year-old Maddie is currently cancer-free.
There are several other projects in the works to help the family. Community members are considering picnics, collecting cards and selling bracelets.
"I think that's the way people try to express and show their sympathy is by getting involved with something like this," said South.
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