Funds sought for wounded Delco officer

Updated at 1 p.m. with information on the officer's hospital release

On the morning of Friday, June 24, a Delaware County police officer responding to a routine report of drug activity ended up getting shot seven times.

Folcroft Borough Police release a photo showing Officer Chris , who was shot last week, chatting with country singer Kenny Chesney, who erroneously reported Darman's death at at concert.

In a photo from Folcroft Borough Police, Officer Chris Dorman, who was shot last week, is shown chatting with country singer Kenny Chesney, who erroneously reported at a concert that Dorman had died from the shooting.

Within the next several days, Officer Chris Dorman of the Folcroft Borough Police Department would make an amazing recovery, be erroneously declared dead by country singer Kenny Chesney during a Philadelphia concert, and get a shout-out from the Phillies.

Through it all, colleagues said Dorman, who took a selfie at the hospital 13 hours after being shot, has displayed the kind of positive attitude that makes him a valued member of the department. A law-enforcement friend has set up a GoFundMe page to help defray Dorman’s medical costs.

Dorman, who has served as a volunteer firefighter for 10 years, works as a part-time officer with two Delaware County police departments and therefore does not receive benefits, the website said.

“I had the pleasure of working with Officer Dorman at the Delaware County Sheriff's Department during his time there, and he is one of the most honorable, loyal, and generous guys that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, working with, and being friends with,” the site’s organizer wrote.  “He is the type of person who would give the shirt off his own back for anyone!!  Officer Dorman has a long road ahead of him in his recovery process and could use all the support and prayers you can spare.”

Folcroft Borough Police Officer Chris Dorman has also worked as a volunteer firefighter for a decade.

Folcroft Borough Police Officer Chris Dorman has also worked as a volunteer firefighter for a decade.

Police gave this account of the shooting: About 10 a.m. on June 24, Dorman made contact with the drug suspect, a struggle began, and Donte Brooks Island, also known as Abdul Wahi, started firing his gun, striking Dorman seven times, in the face, neck, and arm.

Island, 33, of Upper Darby, surrendered to police after SWAT officers stormed an apartment building. He was arraigned Friday on attempted murder and related charges; he is being held on $1 million bail, awaiting a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, July 6, court records said.

Dorman is scheduled to be released from the hospital on Monday, June 27, at 2 p.m., according to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office. He will be transported by police escort from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center via Lindbergh Boulevard and Hook Road to the Folcroft Fire Company, located at 1647 Delmar Drive in Folcroft.

County legend Chesney has since apologized for the false announcement about Dorman's demise, police said, offering to share a football game and beer with Dorman in the future.

To access the fundraising page, click here.



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