Dayton quilters make special gift to honor Liberty County deputy injured in shooting

Holding the special lap quilt for Liberty County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Whitten are (left to right) Friendship Quilters President Veronica Cox, Deputy Coldwell, Deputy Longoria, Capt. Billy Knox, Friendship Quilters Vice-President Sandy Malone and Parliamentarian Carol McWhorter.

As Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Whitten continues to recuperate in Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston from injuries he suffered May 29 when he was shot in the neck by a murder suspect, a group of quilting enthusiasts from Dayton wanted to show their support for the deputy by creating a special lap quilt.

“We heard about Deputy Whitten getting injured in the line of duty. We felt led to make him a lap quilt. Hopefully to bring him some comfort during his convalescence,” said Carol McWhorter with the Friendship Quilters of Dayton. “We just wanted, in some small way, to show our appreciation for his dedication, bravery and sacrifice for our community.”

The quilt was presented by members of the Friendship Quilters to members of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office who will deliver the quilt to Whitten and his family at the hospital.

A fundraiser is being planned for Whitten on June 22, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Trinity Armory, 2152 FM 388 in Cleveland. The event will feature live music, car crush and auto show, range shooting, barbecue cook-off, poker run and more. For details on the event, go online to

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