People are marking the memory of fallen Scranton Police Officer John Wilding in a permanent way. The Electric City Tattoo Gallery hosted a tattoo benefit, Sunday, in Downtown Scranton. People could pick from a sheet of designs and the money they paid for their tattoos goes to Officer Wilding’s family. The Electric City Tattoo Gallery co-owner, Elijah Birtel says Wilding was a long-time supporter of the tattoo parlor, “He was a good dude, he was a really nice dude. He got a lot of really awesome tattoos, you know, he got tattooed really well. He was a good client. //edit// Just a nice, understanding guy, positive attitude.”
Many of the design options have a special meaning in Officer Wilding’s life including his badge number 722. “It really lightens my heart, makes me have a little bit more faith in humanity knowing that we are all willing to step up and help,” says Chance Leibert of Scranton. Officer Wilding also supported the Loyalty Barber Shop and Shave Parlor in Archbald. They will hold a motorcycle benefit on Sunday (8/9) in his memory.