TAMPA — A pair of Tampa Bay area radio personalities are using the power of the antennae to help the families of two Tampa police officers killed during a traffic stop last month.
Todd "MJ" Schnitt will start selling T-shirts in memory of officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab through his morning and afternoon shows Friday. Morning rival Bubba the Love Sponge is using his charity to raise money in honor of the officers as well.
"There is one goal here, and that is to sell as many of these shirts," Schnitt said.
The $12 shirts can be purchased at Clear Channel studios, 4002 Gandy Blvd., online at mjmorningshow.com, or at New Balance stores in West Shore Plaza or in Carrollwood at 13234 N Dale Mabry Highway.
Officers Curtis and Kocab were fatally shot during a traffic stop June 29.
Bubba the Love Sponge is sponsoring the "Coins for Cops" drive to collect loose change at Tampa Bay area Wing House restaurants through Aug. 1.
Money raised from both efforts will support the Curtis/Kocab Memorial Fund at Tampa Federal Credit Union.
The gray shirts feature images of both officers' badges and badge numbers. Across the bottom on the back of the shirt is a biblical quote: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."
The shirts were designed by Jason Tkach, a Tampa police canine officer, who created a similar shirt after Cpl. Mike Roberts was killed last year.
He said he raised more than $13,000 from that effort and thinks he can sell more shirts this time.
"It's not about money. It's about pride and remembering these people and celebrating their life," Tkach said. "When their families are out and they see somebody wearing that shirt, they can take pride in that and smile."
Jared Leone can be reached at (813) 226-3435 or firstname.lastname@example.org.