Fundraiser underway for Southaven police officer

Photo: Southaven Police Officer Ray Godwin (Courtesy

There’s a fundraising effort going on to help a Southaven Police Department officer dealing with a recovery from a heart attack.  

The people at GoFundMe have informed us about the fundraiser page for Officer Ray Godwin started by Colin Berryhill, a fellow police officer.  

Berryhill said Godwin suffered a massive heart attack on Jan. 21, adding that Godwin was close to passing away on a number of occasions the doctors were able to get him stable.  

“He’s still critical in the ICU with machines working his heart and oxygen, but is slowly improving,” Berryhill wrote. “Ray will be out of work for several months, that’s if he is ever able to return again.” 

Berryhill has asked for donations to help Godwin’s medical bills and to supplement his income as disability only covers about half of his salary.  

“Most importantly, let’s show this fellow officer and military veteran how much we care,” Berryhill said.  

As of Jan. 26, the fundraiser has raised $1,715 of a $30,000 goal.

To view the GoFundMe, please visit: 

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