Midland Police Department hosts fundraiser for officers’ medical expenses


ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) – Last week, the Midland Police Department announced a sweepstakes to raise funds for an officer’s medical expenses.

The two raffle weapons were donated to MPD and the raffle tickets were sold for $10.

MPD raffled off two pistols today, one was an M&P M2.0 9mm pistol and the other was a Marlin 1895 Trapper 45/70 Rifle.

Over a thousand tickets were purchased and it all went to the medical expenses of Constable Kienan Goodnights child.

Goodnights son Gus was born 10 weeks ahead of schedule.

His wife had an emergency caesarean due to a condition called preeclampsia.

Which is a complication during pregnancy that can lead to organ damage or can be fatal for both mother and child.

An experience that takes a heavy emotional toll on the family.

“The natural order of things is you’re supposed to have the baby, in a day or two you’re supposed to go home with your baby, and that doesn’t happen. Leaving the hospital without your baby and that’s you. emotionally weighs in. Goodnight says.

Complications that Goodnights son had caused more problems.

For example, he was also born with a heart condition called Atrial Septal Defect, which is a hole between the valves and the heart.

Which will require heart surgery.

Goodnight says his wife was heartbroken when she found out she was going to give birth with their son.

“He told her we were going to give birth, she immediately broke down and cried, and I was like you know you have to look on the bright side, at least we’ll get him out and with the medical staff,” Goodnight said.

Goodnight says he’s a private guy and didn’t want to tell anyone about his son’s procedures.

But Detective Tyler Thompson, a friend of the force, said he would need help with medical bills.

“Detective Tyler Thompson, who I’ve known here since I started here in 2012, his wife is a nurse, so they understand what we’re going through and what we’ve been through. They were like yeah you’re going to have a lot of medical bills like last time so we want to help out,” Goodnight said.

Goodnight had twin girls six years ago, who were also born 10 weeks ahead of schedule.

He says he’s grateful that not only his colleagues, but the community has reached out to him for help.

And that the donations will help his family tremendously.

Goodnight’s son is healthy enough to return home, and he says that with the upcoming surgeries, Gus will make a full recovery.

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