SCHENECTADY — The public is turning out in droves to support one of Schenectady’s finest.
A crowdfunding campaign for Officer Tim Higgins, a patrolman with the Schenectady Police Department, has nearly reached its $13,000 fundraising goal after only two days.
Higgins, 32, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma last month, according to the GoFundMe campaign.
He and his wife, Lisa, have three young children. All donations will be given to aid the family with expenses.
Higgins joined the Police Department in 2011, according to Daily Gazette archives, and was given the Counselor’s Choice Award at the time, which is given to the recruit who “deserves special recognition.”
The department also awarded Higgins with its “Letter of Merit Award” in 2018, a designation designed to recognize officers for their “actions in the performance of their duties under unusual or difficult conditions."
GoFundMe organizer Sarah Christopher described Higgins as “hardworking, kind and generous.”
“He’s the type of person that is always helping others and never asking for it in return,” Christopher wrote on the campaign page.
Donors echoed that sentiment.
“I don’t know Tim too well,” wrote Mark Perry, “but he helped coach my boys this year and was terrific to them both. That means more to people than some may know. We are in your corner.”
Christopher said the community support has been overwhelming.
“Because of all of you, a weight is being lifted from this horrific circumstance,” Christopher wrote. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making all of this happen in addition to your continued love and support.”
To donate, visit gofundme.com/f/time-to-help-tim.