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.