BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - High school band members and their parents are coming together to help out the family of fallen Birmingham police Sergeant Wytasha Carter.
For Oak Mountain High School’s band, Sgt. Carter was more than a band member’s parent.
“He was always the first one to volunteer. A lot of times, he would come in his uniform because he’d be coming right off his shift at the Birmingham Police Department,” said band parent Susan Lee. “But he was always so supportive of all the kids, and so proud of them. He was really a staple with the band on all of their trips.”
Sgt. Carter’s son is a new member of the band and plays percussion with Lee’s son.
“He came home and said, ‘Mom, we got this great new kid in band.’ And was so excited to have him as a part,” she said. “He has touched a lot of lives at the high school.”
So when news broke about Sgt. Carter’s death Sunday morning, the band members and their families wanted to step in.
“I couldn’t imagine my kids in such an important time in their lives and their schooling and their development, and not have a dad. Especially one that was so involved,” said Lee. “And now he’s gone. I can’t even start to think what their family is going through right now.”
Lee and other band parents are asking others to send monetary donations and gift cards to restaurants to help feed the family.
“It’s so important for people to help this family, to show them how supported they are, how much we appreciate the job that Sgt. Carter did, selflessly,” said Lee. “He loved the community. He loved the downtown Birmingham area and only wanted to make it better. I think it’s now our responsibility to take care of his family because he can’t.”
You can drop off monetary donations and gift cards at the front desk of Oak Mountain High School which is located at 5476 Caldwell Mill Road Birmingham, AL 35242.
You can also email Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s also a GoFundMe page that was set up from a friend of Sgt. Carter’s son. You can donate by clicking here.