BBQ benefit for Nacogdoches sergeant recovering from COVID-19 has large turn out from community

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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KETK)- A barbecue benefit was held to support the family of a Nacogdoches police sergeant who is healing after battling COVID-19.

Sgt. Al Patterson has been with the department for more than 20 years. According to a release from the PD, he was admitted into the hospital for complications from the virus on Aug. 13.

“Whenever one of us has a need, we all look for a way to help,” said Brett Ayres, with the Nacogdoches Police Department.

His family gave an update through NPD’s Facebook on Aug. 27, stating that Patterson was out of the hospital and back home with his family.

“Al is home with his family. He was released from the hospital into his wife’s care because she is a nurse. Al has long road to recovery ahead of him. We are very thankful for the many prayers and support this Community has shown us. Please continue to pray for his recovery.”

On Thursday, the event was held at the Civic Center at 11 a.m.

“We got into this line of work to help people, so when one of our own needs help we won’t even think twice about it,” said Adam Sparks, with Nacogdoches police.

Rack’s BBQ and Catering did the cooking, and the supplies were donated by Butcher Boys and Mrs. Bairds.

It was $10 per plate. Some of the meal options included pork, baked beans and potato salad. People were also able to pick up plates at the Civic Center on Thursday.

“We all like to help out the community, and to help Al out with what he’s dealing with,” said Russel Wright, with Racks BBQ and Catering.

The department’s goal was to sell 1,000 plates, but they ended up selling out in 30 minutes. The benefit will bring some relief to Patterson’s family.

“His wife is having to help him. She’s not able to work while she’s taking care of him. If any of this helps, he can take care of the physical part of it, we’ll try to help with everything else,” mentioned Sparks.

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