On February 6, 2010, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office hosted a Basic Pistol Class as a fundraiser for the family of Dixie County Sheriffs Office Capt. Chad Reed, who was killed in the line of duty on January 14, 2010. Lt. Scott Finnen of the Levy County Sheriff’s Office started the ball rolling but was quick to mention that once the idea took off, it took on a life of its’ own. Lt. Finnen stated that people were calling him to assist and attend the class. The class had over 130 people registered at 65 dollars each. However, on the day of the event with overcast weather, 96 people attended and over 22 people assisted. “It really was a healing process for our local agencies”, said Lt. Finnen. We had instructors and volunteers from our Sheriff’s Office, Chiefland Police Department, Williston Police Department, Gainesville Veterans Affairs Police Department, Dixie County Sheriff’s Office, Williston Shooters Club, Ross Tactical Training Services, Williston High School JROTC and the Florida Army National Guard.Our local merchants and businesses also assisted. Bronson Hungry Howie’sRestaurant provided free lunch to all attendees and staff. Pickett’s Weaponry came to the event and sold firearms and supplies to the attendees with all profits over costs going to the fundraising event. Central Florida Community College Criminal Justice Academy even helped out by providing range supplies.
So how successful was this event? Finnen advised we have funds and pledges totaling $7,708 dollars with more coming in daily. Sheriff Johnny Smith stated, “We have been truly blessed by this event. I think it has done more to confirm our officers’ faith in the community in which they serve. Our community is truly special and they always seem to step up and take care of their own and fill any need asked of them.”