YORK COUNTY, S.C. — A York County community is raising money in honor of detective Mike Doty.
The 809 Foundation hosted its first community event, a cornhole tournament, Saturday afternoon during the Fort Mill Main Street Jam.
Doty was killed in January when he was searching for a domestic violence suspect. The shooter, Christian McCall, also injured three other officers.
McCall pleaded guilty and is now serving life in prison.
(York Co. detective Mike Doty)
Families playing in the cornhole tournament were there for something greater than winning or losing.
"It is supporting a good cause, so that's always a good thing,” participant Eric Majors said.
The 809 Foundation was founded earlier this year in Doty’s memory.
“Everybody is really just excited to be a part of this and further Mike's legacy,” said Sarah Hopfer, from the 809 Foundation.
Doty's twin brother, Chris Doty, along with local leaders, agreed to sit in a dunk tank to help the foundation.
Proceeds from the event will go toward substance abuse prevention, youth mentoring, law enforcement support and more.
"You never know what people are going through in their life, and Mike's mission was truly to help those that needed it the most,” Hopfer said.
The 809 Foundation invited the nonprofit group “Life share of the Carolinas" to speak with people about organ donations at Saturday’s event about organ donation.
Earlier this week, Doty's family opened up to Channel 9 to talk about his legacy. They said he dedicated himself to protecting his community and helping children.
Doty's parents say they've forgiven the gunman and pray for his family every day.
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His brother, who is also a York County deputy, said Mike Doty's death makes the risks of the job even more real.
Mike Doty's family started the 809 Foundation in his memory. 809 was his radio number. It's dedicated to helping kids and fighting the opioid crisis.
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