Artist finds way to honor Officer Galinger

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — People in our area and across the country are finding different ways to honor Chattanooga Police Officer Nicholas Galinger.

Jonny Castro is an artist who does portraits of fallen officers. He is also an officer with the Philadelphia Police Department.

“The first one I did was an officer from our department that was killed in the line of duty. I did his on the one year anniversary and then when I shared it to my art Facebook page. It got shared a lot. I thought that was something I should stick with,” Castro said.

That was in March of 2016. Now he has done more than 400 portraits. His most recent was of Chattanooga Police Officer Nicholas Galinger, who was killed in a hit and run on Saturday night.

“Well anytime an officer is killed in the line of duty it is sad. When you here that it is a new officer. One that has been out for 30 days. He hadn’t even had a chance to start his career it is a little more tough especially how young her was too. It was just a sad story all around,” Castro.

Officer Galinger will be honored by McDonald’s on Browns Ferry Road. They were going to have a coffee with a cop event, but now from 8-9 in the morning sales of donut sticks and coffee with go to Officer Galinger’s family.

“We are always looking for ways to give back and our officers have done a phenomenal job to support us as well. We just think it is our duty as small business owners to give back to our community and we can’t think of a better way to do it,” said AJ Goodwin, a McDonald’s Owner/Operator.

Castro wants people to know Officer Galinger and other officers who have died in the line of duty.

“Well it is important to share their stories. A lot of people may not have heard their stories,” Castro said.

 

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