Chad Green's struggle to walk again in his battle against Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis led officers from the Worthington Police Department to organize a benefit evening at the Greene County Fairgrounds with all proceeds going to help with his expenses.
Deputy Marshal Eric Floyd said the doors will open at 5 p.m. on Nov. 6, with an AirEvac emergency medical helicopter scheduled to land on the grounds, weather permitting. Several fire trucks, police vehicles and ambulances are also expected to be on display.
At 5:30 p.m., law enforcement officers, with help from family members, will start serving beans and homemade cornbread with fried potatoes and a beverage in exchange for a donation. They'll also have hot dogs and chips for kids and bakers from several area churches will be providing desserts.
"Besides the home-cooked food, we're going to have tons of things for the kids," said Floyd.
The same bungee-jumping activity that was recently setup in Linton will be there along with a bounce house and numerous activities from local PTO carnivals.
One man has volunteered to bring a team of miniature horses and will give horse and buggy rides.
The Greene County Sheriff's Department plans to offer free fingerprinting all evening and a large number of law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel from around the county will likely attend.
"I'm sure all area departments are going to come help us out," said Floyd. "Chad is a good officer and he and Jaimie (his wife) are going through a rough time. Plus they're very young."
The officers are also planning to hold a live auction as well as a silent auction and are accepting donations from individuals and businesses.
Floyd said Bloomfield Town Marshal Ken Tharp has been helping with the effort and the two of them plan to visit businesses around Bloomfield to collect donations for the auction.
Lyons Town Marshal Ron Sparks and Floyd plan to do the same in Lyons and an officer from the Linton Police Department has volunteered to make the rounds in Linton.
Linton Police Chief Troy Jerrell also expressed his support.
"Chad was a security guard at the hospital here in Linton. He's also a reserve police officer in Worthington and has served as an officer in Bloomfield. This is a guy who donated his time to protect and serve the community and I would encourage everyone to help him out," said Jerrell.
Floyd said both large and small donations of cash and items for the auctions would be appreciated.
"So far, we've received several small monetary donations and the hospital has donated $100. Plus several Longaberger items, both baskets and pottery, have been donated for the auction. A anonymous tire distributor has donated a brand new set of tires for the auction and B&L Automotive is going to mount and balance them. Corn Flour Producers has donated a cappuccino machine, there's an electric tabletop grill from REMC and a bag of dog food from White River Co-op," said Floyd.
Almost anything could be donated for the auctions from service businesses or retailers, from gift certificates to dinner for two.
Monetary donations can be made to the Worthington Police Department or Worthington Town Hall or at any branch of MainSource Bank.
"MainSource Bank has set up a special account in Chad Green's name and a donation can be given to any teller at any branch," said Floyd.
For more information or to donate an item for the auction, contact Deputy Marshal Eric Floyd at 384-5909 or Deputy Marshal Don Richardson at 798-1068 or call the Worthington Police Department at 875-2424.