Police hold BBQ competition to raise funds for Officer Wagstaff's recovery

Posted at 10:40 PM, Jun 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-24 23:40:37-04

Dozens of area law enforcement officers gathered in Harrisonville Saturday, smoking brisket and passing around pulled pork, to support one of their own.

"It's not about this competition, it's not about who wins. It's about helping out Tom and his family" said Ed Wisdom, an Independence Police officer.

Police officers representing departments from Independence, Kansas City, Belton, Raytown, Cass County and the ATF were not only serving and protecting but also competing. It was part of a fundraiser for Independence police officer Tom Wagstaff, who was shot in March responding to a home burglary.

Wagstaff has since been released from the hospital and moved to a rehabilitation center to continue his recovery.

"You know, he has a long road ahead," said Mike Mason of Cass County Elk Lodge 2791, who helped organize the fundraiser.

The fundraiser also included a silent auction, music, and dinner.

Another fundraiser is planned at Fun House Pizza in Lee's Summit on Sunday. Proceeds will go to Officer Wagstaff's family and to Team Fidelis, a group on a mission to raise awareness of veteran suicide. 

For more on the event, visit the Fun House Flag Benefit website.