The Tennessee Police Benevolent Foundation (PBF) and the Tennessee Division of the Southern States PBA have extended their support by setting up a PBF account for the Knoxville Police Department officer, B.K. Hardin, who was attacked earlier this month directing traffic.
The fundraising account, called, “Officer Hardin Recovery Fund,” can accept donations for the injured officer’s support and aid during his time of need.
Tennessee PBA Division President, Johnny Bohanan, said of Hardin:
“Our thoughts, prayers and support go out to Officer Hardin during this difficult time. We are now calling on the community to step up and help with Officer Hardin’s mounting medical costs in this time of need. Officer Hardin is a true hero who was simply doing his job when he was viciously attacked.”
In a random incident, Officer Hardin was attacked following the Tennessee v. Missouri football game at the University of Tennessee campus on Nov. 17. As Officer Hardin worked to direct traffic,
a man ran up to him from behind and struck him in the back of the head with a blunt object.
Thankfully, an off-duty firefighter was nearby and able to administer aid until Officer Hardin could be taken to the hospital. Officer Hardin was immediately rushed into surgery for his serious injuries. He is now resting at home, but he will not be able to return to work for several months. Medical bills are mounting and Officer Hardin and his family need help during this difficult time.
Officer Hardin has been with the Knoxville Police Department for seven years. In that time, officials say he has proudly served on patrol working to protect the community and its citizens.