Petting zoo organized in honor of fallen soldier

RAPID CITY, S.D. — For curious adults and kids at the Black Hills Stock Show this weekend, there was a petting zoo that helped raise money for the Sergeant Colton Levi Derr Foundation.

“The foundation is kind of a three purpose foundation,” said Theresa Derr, mother of Sgt. Derr. “We advocate for our veterans and our military, we provide assistance if they need any type of counseling, any type of help with payments while they’re in treatment, travel to and from medical appointments, and then just to make the public aware.”

The foundation is happy to be a part of the stock show, and believes it is important to educate the public about the possible war on the inside of veterans who may have deployed.

Sgt. Derr succumbed to suicide within six weeks of returning to the United States and his family has worked tirelessly to keep his memory alive. He is said to have taken care of his subordinates and cared for them as a father would, and through the foundation, the hope is to provide support for the veterans who are too soon forgotten.

Categories: Local News, Stock Show and Rodeo