While Matthew Stafford has given Lions fans something to be thankful for all season, his giving isn’t limited to just on the field.
Detroit Police Corporal Myron Jarrett was killed in the line of duty in a hit-and-run incident during a traffic stop on October 28th, leaving behind a wife and four children. In an effort to help the Jarrett family, the Detroit Police’s 12th precinct, the Police Academy, and the recruiting division organized a fundrasier on Wednesday. A silent auction took place, with items including a baseball signed by Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez, hockey pucks signed by Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser and captain Henrik Zetterberg, as well as jerseys signed by the legendary Barry Sanders and Stafford.
“I have a daughter that’s a senior in high school so she’s really taking it hard and her father won’t be there for her graduation so it’s very difficult for her. So this is going to be double for her not having him for the holidays as well as not being at her graduation in June,” Sacha Jarrett, wife of the fallen Corporal, told Fox 2 Detroit.
On top of donating the signed jerseys to the cause, the Stafford family took it a step further. They adopted the Jarrett family for Christmas, delivering gifts to their house Wednesday morning. Since Sunday will be a busy day for the Lions, who will be preparing for their Monday Night Football tilt against the Dallas Cowboys, the Staffords joined the Jarretts for an early Christmas celebration.
“Matthew Stafford and his wife are so sweet and he’s so down to earth. He’s such a regular guy, I didn’t know. He came to my home, he seemed like he was very comfortable there he communicated with my kids and I just appreciate what they did for my family this Christmas,” Sacha said.
On top of everything else, the Jarrett family received a memorial plaque from Detroit’s Lieutenant and Sergeant’s Association.
“This is just an indication of the family that we have in the DPD. Corporal Jarrett was a part of our family and this is also a way of saying that we never forget,” said Police Chief James Craig.
An eight year veteran of the police force, Myron will also have a street named after him in the area of the incident that took his life.