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TAPD receives donation in honor of a heroic officer

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The Texarkana, Arkansas police department receives about $7,500 dollars from the REACH foundation.

The organization's founder Mark Wilson donated $5,000 to the Shop with a Cop program and $2,500 to the PRIDE academy.
    
Wilson has donated before, but says he was inspired to give more after Officer Payton Harris rescued his friend, Betty Brooke, from a house fire last year.  
    
Brooke later died at a Little Rock hospital.  
    
Wilson says the donation was made in honor of Officer Harris.

"I felt that his efforts were beyond the call of duty of a police officer and more the call of duty of a human," said Wilson.
 
"It's a big honor for myself and the police department," said Officer Harris. "I feel very happy about it."

Wilson started REACH, the non-profit organization, to help children in need.
    
He's a former resident of Texarkana, Arkansas and in 2002 established the Texarkana Arkansas Education Foundation.

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