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"Fill the Bucket" raises money for Meridian officer shot during traffic stop

Officer Kyle Mikowski is doing much better than he was just a few weeks ago when he was struck in both of his lower legs during a shootout with a suspect.

Today the Meridian community is came together to raise some money for a police officer who was shot and wounded following a traffic stop last month.

Officer Kyle Mikowski is doing much better than he was just a few weeks ago when he was struck in both of his lower legs during a shootout with a suspect.

But life on his family ranch has been difficult because his injuries have made it impossible to work.

That's why the Village at Meridian spent the day filling the bucket. In fact the Village filled that very bucket with a check for $5,000.

Everyone else who donated today helped them get closer to reaching their goal of raising $18,000 to buy Mikowski an new tractor.

"He's not able to do everything he wants to be able to do with the ranch," says Meridian Police Cpl. Kevin Wilson. "I know this helps him do their every day, day to day chores and I know they're going to love it."

The Village partnered with law enforcement as well as several organizations in Meridian to support the wounded officer.

Kobuta Tractor Corp. kicked off this fundraiser with a donation of $10,000 to get the tractor from their partners at Idaho Tractor Company.

"The tractors actually been modified so he doesn't have to use either leg and he can do all the work he needs to around the ranch," says Kobuta's Chris Werner. "It was an easy decision that yeah this is something we want to be apart of for the community as a whole and to hopefully make a difference in his life and his wife and kids life "

A GoFundMe page has been set up to continue raising money to reach and hopefully surpass that $18,000 goal.

Organizers say any additional funds raised will go to the Fallen Officer Fund at Meridian Police Department.

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