Turnout good at fundraiser for Liberty County deputy constable facing surgeries

Robby and Cindy Koon (second and third from the right) and Fran Collins (center) organized a fundraiser for a Liberty County deputy constable who is facing medical issues.

Dozens of people lined up to order lunch at Bailey’s BBQ in Cleveland on Wednesday to support Liberty County Pct. 2 Deputy Constable Chris Dryer.

Dryer, a veteran law enforcement officer with 20 years of service to the county, is battling ulcerative colitis and has undergone one surgery to remove his colon and cancer cells. He faces two more surgeries to restore his colon function in the coming months.

The fundraiser, organized by Bailey’s BBQ owners Robby and Cindy Koon, and CD Auto and Tire owner Fran Collins, raised $1,414 to help offset Dryer’s medical needs.

The money comes from 10 percent of the gross sales for the restaurant on Wednesday plus donations dropped into a collection jar. Robby and Fran doubled the amount collected in the jar for a grand total of $1,414.

Several Liberty County law enforcement officers and first responders turned out to show their support for Dryer including Sheriff Bobby Rader, LCSO Chief Deputy Don Neyland, LCSO CID Capt. Billy Knox, Cleveland ISD Capt. John Shannon, Jesse and Linda Burch with Smith Towing, and Pct  6 deputy constables Larry Allen and David Whitmire.

Koon said this is the second fundraiser of this kind his restaurant has sponsored and he plans to host more in the near future.

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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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