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Entertainment, benefit for wounded game warden set for Saturday in Cooper

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Friends of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Chris Fried, who was shot Dec. 29, are sponsoring a benefit for the officer set Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Delta County Civic Center.

There will be stew and chili, a beverage and dessert for $8, and $10 for takeout orders, according to planners. A live and silent auction contains many items, including four hours of dozer work, one dozen roses, Galaxy Tablet, air compressor, gift basket with hair dryer and hair products, designer eye glasses, photo sessions, pallet of deer corn, mulch and top soil, various meal vouchers at restaurants, oil changes, cowboy hat, gas grill, wire welder, fish cookers, gun case, bales of hay, firewood, massage, hair cuts, nail sessions, teeth cleaning and X-rays, taxidermy, handmade jewelry and much more.

“Supporting Chris is our main goal,” said Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Dustin Hunter, who is  helping to organize the event. “Right now, I have 47 items on the list, and it continues to grow. Donations are coming in from all around including Cooper, Commerce, Sulphur Springs and Paris.”

The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a chili/stew supper with 4-H participants as volunteer servers, along with music from the 3 Rusty Nails band. It will continue with live and silent auctions, starting at 6 p.m. with Game Warden Randolph McGee serving as auctioneer. Before the night is over, supporters will be entertained by actor Burton Gilliam. Gilliam appeared in “Blazing Saddles” and “Back to the Future Part III,” as well as television on “Alice,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “The A-Team,” “The Dukes Of Hazzard,” “The Fall Guy.”?He was a regular on “Evening Shade.”

“It will be interesting for Cooper with Gilliam making an appearance and signing autographs,” said Hunter.

While Fried was able to return home to Cooper recently, his blood clot risk and conditions sent him back to Parkland Hospital Emergency Room in Dallas on Saturday, Jan. 11. Fried was hospitalized due to a pulmonary embolism (blood clot) in his lung. 

His wife, Jamie, offers Facebook updates on her husband on his first day home including a police escort back to Delta County on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

“Our first day home: Chris is doing well, with a lot of help he has taken a shower and eaten. He slept pretty well last night (I, on the other hand, stayed awake and looked and felt of him all night to make sure he was OK). He is feeling better today. Thank you all so much for the sweet calls, comments and prayers. They are working! We love you all and are thankful for each one of you!” said Jamie Fried.

A benefit account called Chris Fried Benefit Account has been established at both Enloe State Bank and First National Bank in Cooper for expenses.

“We have been brainstorming each day on what we can do,” added Hunter. “If there are any leftovers, we will even be auctioning off donated glass Mason jars full of the chili/stew.”

For more information, contact Carol King at the Delta County Sheriff’s office at 903-395-2146 or Dustin Hunter at 903-217-3992.

 

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