Correctional Peace Officers Foundation to host fundraiser Saturday
by Rachel Davis
Sep 22, 2013 | 2783 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trent McCluskey is a familiar face in Walker County, but many people who know him don’t know his story. In 1993, McCluskey was a guard at Donaldson Correctional Facility in West Jefferson. He was critically injured when he was thrown from an upper level of the facility during an attack by an inmate. Numerous surgeries and time have healed many of the wounds, but McCluskey was left with limited range of motion in his arms.

Sept. 25 will mark the 20-year anniversary of that attack, and McCluskey wants to do something to give back and help those who are in the same position as well as secure possibilities for the people who he works with on a daily basis. Joining up with the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation, he and other area corrections officers are planning a series of fundraisers to help the organization provide benefits for injured corrections officers and the families of fallen correctional officers.

They are also joined by CPOF representative Jennifer Davis, whose husband, William Donaldson, was murdered by an inmate at the then-named West Jefferson Correctional three years before McCluskey was injured. The prison was renamed in his honor.

In addition to correctional officers being murdered, there are numerous officers injured by inmates and others who die or are injured as a result of accidents. In addition to financial benefits and support, the CPOF hosts an annual memorial to remember the fallen officers and offers scholarship help to members and family members of members who meet the requirements.

“This is a great organization,” McCluskey said. “They make certain officers or survivors don’t have worries.”

The group, which includes individuals who work as correctional officers throughout Walker and Winston Counties currently, held its first fundraiser by washing cars at the Captain D’s location in Jasper for the last two Saturdays. The group will host a car wash at that location this Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. After the car wash, the group will help celebrate Captain D’s open house with, among other activities, a seafood eating contest. The group hopes residents will come out this Saturday to support them and see the newly-remodeled Captain D’s location.

Upcoming fundraisers will include a bike raffle, a smoked-meat sale and other possible fundraisers that are still in the planning stages. The group is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit so all donations, including those given for the car wash, are tax deductible.

McCluskey and Davis said they will not be calling and asking for money, and will identify themselves and show identification if needed. Anyone that receives an unsolicited call or visit from someone claiming to be fundraising for the group should contact their local authorities.