Pictured are, from left, Deputy Fire Chief Joey Addie; Cpl. Brown’s brother, Todd Brown; Cpl. Brown’s sister-in-law, Clark Brown.
Volunteers from the Montgomery Fire Department and the Montgomery Police Department, along with corporate and community sponsors, joined forces to raise funds for the family of injured MPD officer Corporal David Brown. Brown was seriously injured Sept. 11 when the motorcycle he was riding while working a funeral procession collided with a car. As he was rushed to the hospital, the ambulance transporting Cpl. Brown overturned. He has been in the hospital in Intensive Care since the accident. The Public Safety fundraiser, a Boston butt sale, was held Oct. 23 and raised more than $18,000 for the Brown family.
The event was organized by Deputy Fire Chief Joey Addie, Fire Department Chaplain Monty Bogard and MPD’s Lt. Col. Steve Thompson, as well as with the assistance of Dawn Hathcock, Vice President, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitor Bureau. Beasley Allen and Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama were the event’s major sponsors. The event also was supported by donations from The Medicine Shoppe, Rheem Manufacturing, Cash & Carry, Long Run Press and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.
“It tugged at my heart,” Addie says of Cpl. Brown’s situation. “I’ve seen too many police officers die, been to too many funerals. I just had to do something.” He believes the bonds created between Fire and Police department employees during this event will be a long-lasting benefit to the community.
Volunteers pre-sold tickets for the Boston butts for $35 each, and spent Friday evening cooking for pick-ups dispensed throughout the day on Saturday. Because of the support of sponsors, all the money from ticket sales will go to benefit the Brown family. There is a fund set up at River Bank & Trust for the injured officer, to help pay medical expenses as well as living expenses as he recovers.