National radio host pledges $10K for fallen deputy's family

National radio host pledges $10K for fallen deputy's family

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A nationally syndicated radio host whose show airs here in the Lowcountry is giving his support to the family of Deputy Joe Matuskovic, who was fatally shot while responding to a disturbance at a West Ashley apartment complex Monday night.

Radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge announced Tuesday he will be sending $10,000 to the widow of Deputy Matuskovic through the Bubba the Love Sponge Foundation. Bubba's foundation provides immediate relief to the widows of fallen law enforcement officers in his syndicated markets.

The Bubba the Love Sponge Show airs weekday mornings on 98Rock, WYBB-FM.

The radio host opened up his show Tuesday offering condolences to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office following Monday night's fatal shooting at the Gardens of Ashley River apartment complex on Carriage Lane. Deputy Matuskovic was reportedly shot while responding to a disturbance call around 7:30 p.m., and was pronounced dead at MUSC at 8:37 p.m. A second deputy, Michael Ackerman, was shot in the leg and is recovering following surgery at the hospital.

"The last thing Mrs. Matuskovic needs right now is to worry about house bills, car insurance and things like that. She needs to focus on closure and her family," said Bubba in a statement.

On Wednesday, Bubba said he is also working to raise funds for the family of Larry Britton, a Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad member who officials say suffered a fatal cardiac event while assisting officers Monday night.

Funding for the Bubba the Love Sponge Foundation is raised through Bubba's "Bikes for Badges" charity motorcycle rides, as well as the annual "BTLS Foundation Raffle."

Bubba is organizing a "Bikes for Badges" charity ride in Charleston, which is set for Saturday, October 4. All money raised through the event will go towards the family of Deputy Matuskovic. Additional details on the ride have not yet been released.

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