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Businesses still holding fundraising events to help family of Officer Billa

Businesses still holding fundraising events to help family of Officer Billa


KATARINA LUKETICH, NEWS 5. A WEEK LATER…. AND FOLKS ARE STILL PLANNING FUNDRAISERS TO HELP THE FAMILY OF OFFICER JUSTIN BILLA. NEWS 5’S ASHLEY KNIGHT SPOKE WITH TWO BUSINESSES THAT ARE DOING WHAT THEY CAN TO MAKE SURE THE FAMILY IS TAKEN CARE OF. SUPER: Ashley Knight Over here at Rich’s Car Wash, they’ve got a promotion starting Thursday where folks can come out, support the Billa family and get all that pollen build up off their car at the same time. “Car in neutral, feet off the pedals, hands off the wheel. Thank you sir!” SUPER: Jerred Brown “A five dollar donation will get the customers our top package so it’s going to be our $17 wash,” says Jerred Brown. That includes hot wax and a shine, tire buffing, wheel cleaner and conditioner. And this stuff they call “lava”. “We’ve been in Mobile for 40-plus years, this is home for us. So anything that’s happening in the community, and we feel like we can help, we want to do it,” says Brown. It will just be at their Mobile locations on Springhill, Airport, University and in Saraland. And just like others, Brown is touched seeing the community rally together the way it has. “To us, he’s a first responder, police officer, but to his family, he’s a son, father, a husband. It’s just so good for everybody to come out and do what they can to support,” says Brown. Meanwhile, across town. SUPER: Jeff Stone “I still have an attachment. I still consider the police force my brothers and sisters,” says Jeff Stone. Jeff Stone was Mobile police officer for nine years. His way of helping out-selling these. Bracelets sent to him from Thin Blue Line USA.com. They’re $5 and all proceeds got to the Billa family. “We have about 60 left this morning and we have another 100 en route,” says Stone. But it still doesn’t feel like enough for this veteran and former officer. “I wish we could do more, you know, in six months from now when everybody kind of “forgets”, I wish we could continually do something,” says Stone. But for now, these two men are doing their part, honoring not just a police officer, but someone who made a difference in other people’s lives. “It’s easy to do and we just wanted to do it,” says Stone. In Mobile, Ashley Knight News 5. TOMORROW, NEWS FIVE IS HOSTING A TELETHON CALLED “BACK THE BLUE” IN HONOR OF OFFICER BILLA. IT WILL BEGIN AT FIVE IN THE MORNING AND RUN UNTIL SEVEN IN THE EVENING. FIRST RESPONDERS WILL BE MANNING THE PHONES AND TAKING YOUR DONATIONS. ALL OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE OFFICER JUSTIN BILLA MEMORIAL FUND.

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