Fundraiser set up to help BPD’s Officer Simpson

Family members of Bellefontaine Police Officer James “Tyler” Simpson, who suffered a stroke Saturday, have established a GoFundMe page to help cover household expenses while he recovers.

tyler and heather 

TYLER AND HEATHER SIMPSON

Kati Simpson, a sister, set up the page Tuesday on behalf of the officer and his wife, Heather, writing, 

“They are just a normal married couple with bills as anyone else. I’m asking for any kind of help that anyone is willing to give.

“They have a mortgage, cars, a daughter, newborn on the way, and now the medical expenses are piling up day by day. Any little bit helps.

“And if you have nothing to give, please just give a prayer.” Simpson, 32, has been a full-time officer since November 2015, and was an auxiliary officer for more than a year prior.

Kati Simpson reports her brother sustained a stroke Saturday and suffered a brain bleed, a blood clot, fluid around his brain and some swelling.

He is currently in Riverside Methodist Hospital’s intensive care unit in critical but stable condition, his mother Carol Simpson reports.

His sister credits his fellow officers with saving her brother’s life.

“The love that comes from the (police) force is a bond that can never be broken,” she wrote on the page. “And for that the family cannot thank his fellow police officers enough ... you literally saved his life.

When her brother didn’t show up for his Saturday work shift, his fellow officers knew something was wrong. Officer Simpson is typically early to arrive and his fellow shift officers tried unsuccessfully to reach him.

Family also could not reach him, so the officers and paramedics from the Bellefontaine Fire and EMS Department responded to his Bellefontaine home around 2:30 p.m.

They found him disoriented and not himself, Kati Simpson reports.

Officer Simpson is 2004 graduate of Bellefontaine High School.

Heather and he are parents of Layla, 7, and another child, a son, is due in early April.

To contribute to the $25,000 goal, go to www.gofundme.com/53zhb5c.