Hundreds of people filled the UMC parking lot Thursday to help raise money for Officer Timothy Varner.
“It is terrific to see the number of people who came out to support Officer Varner,” Chief Roger Ellis said.
On October 12th Varner responded to a call at the Salvation Army—where he was shot four times by Jeremy Moor.
Chief Ellis said Varner is doing well but has definitely been missed.
“We’re just all here to show our support for him and wish him a speedy recovery,” Chief Ellis said. “We want him to get back to work as soon as he can.”
An ER nurse at UMC set up the event-where UMC EMS served up burgers and hot dogs to help raise some money for Varner’s family.
“Officers typically work quite a bit of overtime to help support their family,” Chief Ellis said. “Also with his wife having to stay home and support him so it helps fill a little bit of that void for him.”
But it was the moral support from the community that seemed to mean the most.
“The community just wanted to get together and show their support so its a great way to get together and show that,” Ellis said.
“I think the moral support is as important the financial support for them also,” Lisa Nowlin said.
Nowlin and her friends drove in from Slaton after seeing the event in their local newspaper.
“We just thought it would be a good idea and a good deed to show support for the officer his family and the people at the Salvation Army also,” Nowlin said.