Darren Doyle, story and photos
C&C Firearms hosted a raffle today at their retail location, giving away hundreds of dollars in prizes while raising money for what owner Josh Casey said is a very worthy cause.
First announced on the Edmonson Voice in late July, Casey first offered up a Savage .308 rifle as the prize in the raffle with all proceeds going to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office donation fund for the purpose of purchasing "Tango," a highly trained K9 German Shepherd drug officer.
Casey said as word about the event and it's purpose began to grow, so did the donors and prizes for the event. In addition to the rifle, boots, optics, ammo, gift cards and other prizes were also awarded.
The popular local gun shop also held a first annual used gun auction in conjunction with the fundraiser, hosted by David Lindsey Auctions. Hundreds filled the parking lots to see if they were lucky winners, bidders, and to show support for the sheriff's office project.
Most local law enforcement officers were at the event and Sheriff Shane Doyle addressed the crowd.
"It seems like everyday in the national media you hear some other reason people don't want to support law enforcement," Doyle said. "That's not the case here. We're thankful to be part of this community and see everyone come together to help our cause. Thanks in part to this event, we now have the funds needed to purchase Tango. We're working on the final details now to make it happen."
Doyle also commended Deputy Jordan Jones who has taken the lead role in the project. Jones will be Tango's handler and he also thanked those in attendance. Deputy Jones has put in hours of his own time to help move the project forward and will undergo additional training in a couple of weeks, according to Doyle.
Casey said he was well pleased with today's event and was humbled by the support shown from Edmonson County citizens.
"Given the state of our country and current events, it's truly heartwarming to see the people of Edmonson County make such a clear demonstration of their dedication to law and order as well as their support of the men and women who work everyday to ensure that our children have a safe place in which to grow up," he said.
"I am personally grateful for the support my family and my business have been shown in the first difficult years of growing a business. I intend for this to be my home for a long time and hope I can find a way to repay everyone for that support. All in all it was just so much fun, watching gun savvy sportsmen and collectors bid on their favorite guns."
Casey said he will present the sheriff's office with a check for $3,300 on Tuesday. "All of this has to be credited to the people and businesses of our community," he added.