Memorial fund set up for family of city employee who died while filming a meeting

Tyrone Rogers / City of Fayetteville

The Bank of Fayetteville is accepting donations for the family of Tyrone Rogers, a city employee who died last week while filming a meeting for the Fayetteville Government Channel.

Tyrone Rogers, 53, was a six-year employee of the city’s media services division who filmed numerous meetings and was known for his work on the “Give Me Shelter” show that featured animal services staff, adoptable pets, and other news from the Lib Horn Animal Shelter in Fayetteville.

Rogers was filming a Washington County committee meeting when he collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest shortly before 7 p.m. Monday, June 6. County deputies administered CPR on Rogers while awaiting an ambulance which took him to Washington Regional Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan asked the crowd at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting to pause for a brief moment of silence in honor of Rogers.

“It’s a loss, certainly, for this city,” said Jordan. “Our condolences go out to his family.”

Don Marr, Fayetteville chief of staff, said Rogers left behind a 20-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter. His children, Marr said, are struggling with finances for Rogers’ burial and have established a memorial fund to help offset those costs.

Donations to the Tyrone Rogers Memorial Fund can be made at any Bank of Fayetteville branch.