Cape Girardeau officers raise money for trooper in Back the Blue event

Community supports local trooper's family

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Cape Girardeau officers were rolling up their sleeves to raise money for a good cause. If you stopped by Chick-Fil-A in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday, May 14, you may have noticed some servers with badges and much different uniforms.

This is why Cape Police Chief Wes Blair said officers from across southeast Missouri took on a much different assignment.

“Our occupation is all about wrapping our arms around each other and taking care of each other,” said Chief Wes Blair.

Back the Blue events like these usually raise money for a charity. But this time, they chose a brother in law enforcement.

“So, there is an officer. officer fox that has a brain tumor that we’re wanting to get some funds together to help his family with the medical bill”. He said.

Corporal Curt Fox is a 18-year veteran of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. In 2012, Fox was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He beat it twice, but the cancer came back. And this time surgery is not an option.

Chief Blair says that’s why helping Cpl. Fox became an easy choice.

“We know that he would do the same for one of us and we’re just happy to be able to do it for him,” Blair said.

“It’s exciting to say that you know we made it happen and its been a busy day and we’re going to be able to give back a lot to the family," said the restaurant’s marketing director Kate Lawrence.

The restaurant’s donating ten percent of its proceeds to Back the Blue.

Customer Jack Knowlin said he was thrilled to find that out when he pulled up.

“I did not realize it was this special day at Chick-Fil-A, and when I saw the banners and all the policemen and highway patrolmen actually waiting on the customers, I just thought that was great”.

Chief Blair said he hopes the money they raise will ease some of the burden Fox and his family are facing right now.

“I think it will mean a lot to him and It will really mean a lot to his family," he said.

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