Branson ballpark holds fundraiser for injured deputy

Published: Sep. 24, 2016 at 9:20 PM CDT
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A fundraiser in Branson will help a local deputy shot in the line of duty.

On September 16, deputies were called to a scene in Hollister where officers got into a shootout with a man who officers say pulled a gun on them. A Taney County deputy was shot.

Money raised on concessions at a youth baseball tournament Saturday will help that officer and his family pay for medical costs.

"When something like an officer being shot and injured on duty, something that seems to be a routine action, to me is both shocking and sad," Ballparks of America CEO Hamilton Chang said.

The men who organized the fundraiser says while they don't know the deputy personally, or the severity of his injuries, they say it's the duty of the community to help the men and women who wear the badge.

"We are just going to go ahead and gather up what we can, sell what we can, and get it to him and hopefully help out with hospital expenses," Director of Leasing for Ballparks of America John Moore said.

People who came out to the tournament add that in the midst of national events, there's never been a better time to support local law enforcement.

"I think everybody takes our police officers for granted and they're always there when you need them and we need to rally behind them and show them our support any way we can," John McReynolds said.

Local businesses jumped in to help as well, donating much of the food that was sold.