Seymour police host Packers autograph signing to benefit two girls killed

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3-month-old Hailey Poppe and 4-year-old Mattelin Samson were found dead in a home on Main Street last month.

Also in the house, the body of 32-year-old Andrew Poppe – who police say died of a self-inflicted wound.

Wednesday the Seymour police department asked for the community’s help to raise money for Mattelin and Hailey’s families. 

On any normal day if the Pack is present fans are cheering, more than happy to be near members of the green and gold.

But the circumstances of the gathering was of course more serious than a football game. 

“When we had this incident occur we made our minds up right from the get-go that it was not going to define us and we were going to respond to it appropriately,” says Seymour police chief Richard Buntrock.

3-month-old Hailey Poppe and 4-year-old Mattelin Samson’s burials left the families with a financial burden.

Which is why one officer thought a Packers autograph signing would be the perfect way to raise money to help cover their expenses.

“I think it just shows that everyone’s a human and we’re willing to do the right thing and help out a family in need,” says Seymour patrol officer John Fuller, who organized the event. “They were faced with the tragic incident that they obviously financially didn’t plan for.”

“It’s for a good cause first of all and also I collect signed mini helmets,” says Green Bay resident David Willis. “So I figured it was a good opportunity to get a number of them all in one go.”

Hailey and Mattelin’s deaths are still fresh, their lives remembered by small trinkets displayed on Main Street.

But Wednesday’s gathering at city hall was a reminder that tragedy can not shake this community – only strengthen its bond.

“The community is a small, tightknit, rural community,” says Richard Buntrock. “And that’s what we do in the small communities.”

Seymour’s police department says the autograph signing raised more than $3,000.

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