Friends of Liberty County deputy constable planning benefit to offset medical expenses

By Vanesa Brashier,

The last few months have been a financial strain for Pct. 2 Deputy Constable Chris Dryer and his family. After suffering for years with ulcerative colitis, Dryer underwent surgery in November 2018 to remove his colon due to the presence of pre-cancerous cells. He now is facing two more surgeries in 2019.

A veteran law enforcement officer with 20 years and a former firefighter, Dryer has worked as a deputy constable for Pct. 2 since 2012. Prior to that, he was a sergeant investigator for Liberty County and a detective for Cleveland Police Department.

As sole breadwinner, the required medical leave following the November surgery have strained the financial resources of Chris and his family, and two more surgeries this year will make their situation more challenging.

“When I was off for six weeks from November 29 to Jan. 6, I wasn’t able to work any extra jobs, and we are dependent on those to make ends meet,” Dryer said. “Plus I haven’t met my medical deductible for this year.”

To help Dryer with some of the expenses, his law enforcement friends are now planning a Saturday, March 23, benefit at the Liberty Elks Lodge on FM 563 south of Liberty that will include the sale of barbecue plates, live and silent auctions, and band performances.

Daisetta Police Chief Mike Parrish, one of the organizers, says support from the public is needed and appreciated.

Barbecue plates that include all the trimmings and a drink will be sold for $10 starting at 3 p.m. on the day of the event. A silent auction will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. with a live auction from 7 to 9 p.m. Throughout the day, live music will entertain guests.

According to Parrish, the committee hosting the event is asking for donations of auction items and food and drinks.

Anyone who wants to make a donation is asked to contact Elaine Taylor at Liberty Police Department by calling 936-346-8969 (mobile) or 936-336-5666 (police department).

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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