Round Rock police officer Charles Whites continues to recover after he was hit by a driver while directing traffic on Feb. 25.
On Sunday, his police family and community spent the day supporting him and his family. The Round Rock Police Officers Association held a “Help a Hero” barbecue fundraiser.
In addition to food, there was a car show, live music, a silent auction and lots of vendors donating part of their sales to the cause.
Whites’ medical costs are covered by the city, but there are other costs adding up for his family during the recovery process.
“You know, when you’re in the blue family, it’s automatic,” said Tanya Estrada, who is married to a Round Rock officer. “You have to help no matter what. If it was my husband, I would want people to help out, too.”
“In addition to money, he needs our thoughts, he needs our prayers — all of that is contagious,” said Sgt. Tom Sloan with the Round Rock Police Department.
Officer Whites is currently undergoing physical therapy at a local rehab hospital.
In addition to what Sunday’s event raises, the Round Rock Police Officers Association has raised nearly $24,000 through an online fundraising page.