Law enforcement officers from across the area gathered recently to raise money to help the wife of a Blount County crime scene investigator who is fighting cancer.
The bean supper on March 13 at Carpenters Middle School was to benefit Donna Hamilton, a cafeteria worker at the school and wife of Sgt. Gary “Thumper” Hamilton. The fund-raiser brought in more than $7,000, said Jarrod Millsaps, community relations director with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.
Gary Hamilton has been employed with the sheriff’s office several years. In that time he also has been active with the Honda Gold Wing motorcycle club Appalachian A-2 and has often supported various fund-raising events for the F.O.P., Millsaps said.
Millsaps said Gary and Donna Hamilton have no children and are often seen out in public with one another. “You never see one without the other. When she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and not given a very long expectancy, even with radiation, we wanted to do something for them,” Millsaps said.
Millsaps said the Fraternal Order of Police decided to pay for the cost of the food and Donna’s co-workers in the cafeteria donated their time. “We were out very little cost in doing this event, and we were able to raise well over $7,000. The money keeps coming in. And, 100 percent of sales and donations are going directly to them to help them out,” he said.
Millsaps said the F.O.P. members don’t have jurisdiction lines when it comes to helping one another. “It’s a brotherhood. We’re able to come together and help another officer and that’s what we’re all about, not only helping in the community but helping other officers.”
Anyone interested in donating to help the Hamilton family is asked to send checks payable to the F.O.P. and in the memo line put “Hamilton fund”. Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 5256, Maryville, Tenn., 37802.