Art Auction Hopes to Benefit Fallen Colorado State Patrol Trooper

DENVER, Colo.—An employee for the Governor's Office of Information Technology who supports the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS) is auctioning off one of his professional photographs to raise money for fallen Colorado State Patrol Trooper Cody Donahue.

OIT employee Russ Shugart is an accomplished nature photographer and has used his talented work several times in the past to help families of fallen state patrol troopers. On one occasion, a photograph was auctioned off for tens of thousands of dollars thanks to an anonymous bidder. That money went directly to the family of a fallen trooper.

Shugart hopes the Donahue family will benefit from this effort as well. He says, "These men and women have had our backs for a long time. If we're lucky, we occasionally get to return the favor." Shugart has posted the auction effort on his Facebook page, Colorado Fine Art Photography. Bidding has already reached $800. The auction closes Dec. 20 at midnight.

Trooper Donahue was struck and killed while investigating an accident on I-25 near Castle Rock on Nov. 25. He is survived by his wife and two elementary school aged daughters.

If you are interested in interviews or more information, please contact Brandi Simmons at 303.818.5982, or via email at Below is an image of the photograph that is up for auction.

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Brandi Simmons