CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) – Officer Chris Oberheim was shot and killed on Wednesday – and people across the country have bought more than 1,000 t-shirts to support his family.
Truck House T’s Matt Ennis didn’t expect to take an order of this magnitude on Friday, but this project was something he felt he had to do.
“I just want to do what I can to help them,” he says.
“Determined,” continues Ennis. “It makes sense for us to help someone else in times of need.”
Last week, Officer Oberheim died on duty. Jessica Buescher lives in Monticello, and when she heard about the loss, she reached out to Truck House T’s so they could help make T-shirts to benefit the family.
“I know there will be a lot of expense and we just wanted to come together as a community to help them,” she says. “For me, if there is someone in need, I want to help.”
They partnered with Body N Sole and One Stroke Inks & Supplies for the project.
So far, over 1,300 shirts have been sold.
The money collected will benefit the family. It is a cause which, according to Ennis, is particularly close to his heart. Ennis is a firefighter, so not only does he know what it’s like to serve, but he also knows what it’s like for a community to support him.
“A year and a half ago, I lost my son and was put in the spotlight because of it,” says Ennis. “The overwhelming response from the community has been phenomenal in supporting our family on this and so we never want to give it back, but we want to pay it up front.
“I just can’t imagine being Officer Oberheim’s family,” Buescher says. “I can’t understand what they have to go through and I’m lucky that my husband can come home from work every day and not have to put his life on the line day in and day out.”
They choose to regroup in the midst of the tragedy.
“Just know that you are not alone,” says Ennis. “There are a lot of people here who are here to support you and we will be in the long term.”
People can buy t-shirt online.