A fundraiser for the family of slain Hood County Sheriff’s Office deputy Lance McLean and injured Granbury police officer Chad Davis raised $6,200, according to one of the organizers.
The event, held Saturday at Hewlett Park in Granbury, featured demonstrations of weightlifting workouts and a silent auction, plus food served by the Citizens Police Academy (CPA).
Approximately 100 people showed up for the event, according to Granbury police officer Chris Weston of Crossfit Granbury. Crossfit allows members of the Hood County SWAT team to work out free of charge at the facility on Weatherford Highway. Weston and Crossfit franchise co-owner Jim Shelby are both veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Weston is in the Air Force Reserves and Shelby is in the Army Reserves.
“We had a goal in mind, and the goal was pretty much met,” Weston said. “We’re pretty happy about it.”
The stated goal was to raise enough money to fund a trip for the two families to get away and relax.
“We wanted to send them somewhere on a nice vacation – or they can use it for something else,” Weston said.
McLean was on the SWAT team, and Davis is still a member although his recovery from injuries sustained in a June 28 shootout with a suspect is ongoing.
Weston said that the Crossfit Granbury facility originally was used for first responders – fire fighters and EMS – before it opened to the public in January.
The bulk of the money raised Saturday was from the silent auction, which included items donated by approximately 30 local businesses, Weston said. The rest of the money was donated by individuals.
Among those attending was McLean’s widow, Katy McLean of Hico.
“It was a blessing to see her come by,” Weston said. “She’s an awesome person, and Lance was a great guy. It was an honor for us to have her show up.”
Weston said a specific workout named “Car Wreck” is now dedicated to McLean. He said that an effort is under way to get Crossfit – a worldwide company – to name the workout after McLean.
In another development, the CPA got approval from its board of directors to purchase a power-lift type of recliner from Woods Furniture to give to Davis. The recliner he had been using at home since his release from hospital care has a lever on the right side, and the arm that was wounded was his right arm. He also has discovered that one of his knees has a shrapnel wound, making it even more difficult for him to stand up after sitting in the recliner.
The recliner was discounted about $100 for the CPA to give to Davis, making the cost $499.
“They delivered it on Thursday,” said CPA President Lester Cox. “He (Davis) was struggling from day one, so the lift chair will be a big benefit during his rehab.”
Cox said that Davis’ wife Cari, an investigator with the Hood County District Attorney’s Office, told him that he plans to have surgery on his injured knee this week.
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