Collection of Patches Underway for Officer Jesse Hartnett, Wounded in Ambush Shooting

Officer Jesse Hartnett, injured in an ambush attack in Philadelphia last week, is an avid collector of police patches and a special collection is underway to make sure he is surrounded by them during his time in the hospital.

Hartnett was known to collect various police patches during his free time, according to a Facebook post.

A push is now underway to see how many patches can cover the wall of Hartnett’s room during his recovery time at the hospital.

The push is being described as a way to bolster his spirits and show support, the Facebook post read.

If you would to donate any police department patch, special unit patch or police department challenge coins, you can send them to the 18th Police District at the following address:

P/O Jesse Hartnett
5510 Pine Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19143

Officer Hartnett suffered severe injuries to his arm when he was shot multiple times during an ambush attack in Philadelphia on January 7. The suspect, 30-year-old Edward Archer, is facing numerous charges, including attempted murder. Archer has been described by the head of the Philadelphia police union as an "urban terrorist."

During a meeting with the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) Tuesday night, police commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said Hartnett's arm was "virtually destroyed." He also said Hartnett still has a long road to recovery both physically and psychologically.

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