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8-year-old opens hot cocoa stand to raise money for family of fallen officer

Max Titkemeier welcomed scores of customers over the weekend including many, many police officers who came by to help Max raise money for Officer Stalker's family.

TOLEDO, Ohio — 8-year-old Max Titkemeier was camped out all weekend, selling hot cocoa at a stand in front of his west Toledo home in an effort to raise money for the family of the late Toledo Police Officer Brandon Stalker.

Stalker was shot and killed in the line of duty last week, while working perimeter security at a standoff in central Toledo.

Customers stopped by to show support throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday including members of Officer Stalker's family and many, many police officers. 

Max’s mom said, thanks to the community, Max and his friends raised more than $13,000 for the Stalker family over the weekend.

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Over the summer, Max raised over $1,000 with a lemonade stand for the family of Officer Anthony Dia, who was shot and killed on July 4, 2020.

On January 6, Max got a surprise visit from Toledo Fire and Rescue Engine 23's crew who dropped off a gift bag specifically for him to say thank you.