Cookout raises funds for Police Sergeant

Sgt. Don Moore of the Amarillo Police Department has been diagnosed with bone cancer, and law enforcement agencies teamed up Wednesday to return the care and support they're received from the 35-year-veteran.

For a $7 donation, people got access to hamburgers, hot dogs, a silent auction and live music.

"Various businesses around town are always willing to help us," APD Lt. John Krizan said. "Organizations step in to help cook and we can't say thank you enough to all these people who gave their time and money and donations for this event."

What is usually a parking lot filled with people chatting, laughing and showing love for the man they say has given nothing less.

"Like I said- a very strong Christian family," Krizan added. "A lot of people don't know it, but they sponsor children for the International Relief Fund overseas and have been doing that for years. And you just can't say enough good about him."

Moore and his wife Sheryl were announced to everybody, and they then made their way through the crowd shaking hands and giving hugs. Moore was all-smiles.

"So often, we feel the people that we work with are like members of our family in a certain way- at least our extended family," APD Sgt. Brent Barbee said, "and then it just goes out from there. The people in the criminal justice system take a little bit of ownership of it and the people in the public see what's going on, they take ownership of it."

Law enforcement, firefighters, military and criminal justice workers made known just how important their family is to them- the family they spend every day with while protecting others.

Moore made known to everyone his heartfelt thanks.

"I just spoke with Sgt. Moore a minute ago," Barbee said, "and he was very grateful for the support from the community and very happy to see these people out here."

The event raised more than $19,000 to go toward Moore's medical bills.

An account has been set up at Amarillo National Bank under the name Sgt. Don Moore. Public donations can be made there.