Alligators, live music, boudin, and homemade baked goods – the makings of a successful Southeast Texas fundraiser for a fallen officer, William ‘Bill’ McKeon.
Saturday, June 22, the Sour Lake Chamber of Commerce staged the benefit throughout the afternoon and evening.
The kick-off consisted of Army Reservists running the 30 miles from the Sour Lake Police Station to Gator Country carrying 30-pound rice sacks.
“They ran in honor of Officer Bill,” Rebecca Gardiner, Chamber Director said.
McKeon was seriously injured on May 27 in an assault by a transient receiving extensive damage to his head, face, and jaw.
He is currently at a rehabilitation center and will require considerable assistance in recovery, which prompted the Police Association Wives to get into gear to help.
All proceeds from the gate, food sales, cake sales, live and silent auctions; 100 percent of all monies donated, went to Officer Bill’s recovery.
The live auction alone raised nearly $30,000 in proceeds, although more money is coming in.
“I am proud of our community in coming together in support of Officer McKeon and his family,” Rep. James White said, “because we always back our law officers.”
Hundreds of people shuffled through exhibit rooms tagging items to bid on or buy direct.
The most oft-repeated phrase of the day: “He was there for us. Now, let’s be there for Bill and his family.”