COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Police Department Officer Matt Cooper, who was shot in the line of duty on Labor Day 2018, was presented with giant checks from Dualdeko and 100 Women Who Care Newton County on Friday, Sept. 27.
Lanier Sims, founder and CEO of Dualdeko Marketing, a full-service marketing company for small businesses, presented Cooper with a $6,203 check. The amount written on the check reflected the funds raised at the ninth annual Covington Car Show, held Sunday, Sept. 15.
The car show was held in honor of Cooper's "heroism, bravery and sacrifice in service to our community," Sims said.
Sherry Lowery, founder of 100 Women Who Care Newton County, presented Cooper with a second check for $3,300.
100 Women Who Care Newton County meet twice a year to grant money to local nonprofits because "[they] know that it can sometimes be difficult for the smaller Newton County non-profit entities to raise the funds necessary to do the most good for the most people," according to their website.
"It still feels overwhelming," Cooper said in response to the local support. "I'm humbled every day by the support I get."
Cooper has plans to save the money for his kids.
"I'm not planning on getting shot again but you know, hospital bills in case like our kids get sick," he said.
Cooper told The Covington News he is interested in creating a scholarship foundation for kids to help them with public safety, but he has not spoken with anyone about it yet.