GREENVILLE, SC - A crossfit gym in Greenville is offering a free workout class and collecting donations for an injured police officer after she was assaulted in December.
All of the money raised at Crossfit Potentia will go to help Officer Nikki Morton as she continues her recovery at home.
"We try to team up together and support one another," said Tee Lollis, a co-owner of Crossfit Potentia.
According to Lollis, Officer Morton is a former member of their gym.
"We were very shocked," he said. "You never expect anything like that to happen to someone you know."
Crossfit Potentia on Lowndes Hill Road is hosting the benefit class on Saturday morning at 8:30 am for people of all fitness levels.
They're asking that people donate any dollar amount they're comfortable with to help Morton's family.
"We're still passionate about helping her out, and especially with her being in the first responder community, definitely fuels our passion as well," said Crossfit Potentia co-owner, Tyler Miller.
All 3 co-owners are first responders themselves, and say many of their members also work as police officers, deputies, firefighters and EMT's.
According to Greenville Police Friday, Morton is experiencing a long, uncomfortable recovery process but should be back to work by the end of the month in a "light duty" capacity.
Police said Morton, a 10-year police veteran, was punched in the face by a man she was trying to arrest for an assault and battery warrant, just before Christmas.
Police said she fell into a metal bench and onto the concrete, breaking her jaw.
Wallace Ingram McKinnon was ultimately arrested and was still held being held at the Greenville County Detention center on Friday, on $15,000 bond.
Until she is back on duty, crossfitters told 7-News they hope they can help take some of the financial heat.
"We get in here and we work really hard to be better versions of ourselves and to be part of this community," said member Chrissy Ouellette. "And to be able to support our first responders is a great feeling."
If you would like to donate by check, Crossfit Potentia said checks can be made out to their gym and the money will be passed on to the Morton family.
Crossfit Potentia posted the following to their Facebook page regarding Saturday's workout:
Here is the workout for Saturday! Please arrive at 830am. Workout will start at 9am.
- 3 Rounds - 3 Person Teams
-75/60 Cal Row
-75 Snatches 95/65
-75 Bar Facing Burpee
Partners with split reps as needed. As always, all movements can be modified and weights can be scaled.
-We are excited and looking forward to seeing everyone. If you don’t want to workout, no problem, come out anyway to support Nikki!
-If you don’t have a partner we will pair you up with someone.