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A wounded Auburn police officer receives support from a local restaurant

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Crowds poured in to Niffer’s Place in support of Auburn officer Justin Sanders who was shot multiple times in the line of duty on February 15th while responding to a robbery call. Richard Oden says as a veteran he saw this as an opportunity to show his children to always help others in need.

“It is important to teach my children that in the bible it’s more blessed to give than to receive and when we see causes like these we really want to be able to do that. The lord has blessed us with our blessings and we want to be able to help those especially those who put their life on the line everyday,” Oden said.

Oden purchased seven plates from the benefit breakfast. Each plate was 10 dollars per person and Mary Myers says all of the proceeds will go towards officer Sanders’ medical expenses. 

“Auburn and Lee county..the last 30 days have been kind of rough and the way the community has responded I don’t know how you can ask for anything more. I mean it’s very heart warming in the world we live in right now to see a community come together so well,” Myers said.

Myers says pre-sale tickets were made available the Monday following the shooting. Some people who stopped by were elected officials and officers who work with Sanders. 

“I’ve worked many wreck scenes and were a tight knit group in public safety. His long term roommate and friend is a firefighter so we’ve been keeping up with him throughout this process and certainly anyway we can help,”Rep. Lovvorn said.

Lovvorn says they rotated crews in and out to make sure that everyone was able to stop by to support their fellow officer.

To donate to officer Sanders’ medical expenses click here.

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