Friends gather at Jake's to raise money for Abernathy officer rehab
Source: Ashlyn Tubbs
Source: Ashlyn Tubbs
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
The live music and silent auction at Jake's Sports Cafe & Backroom Sunday evening was designed to attract a generous crowd.
"It's just a whole group of people doing what West Texas does," said C.J. Peterson.
The goal of $6,000 in funds raised will help a father, police officer, and friend who needs support.
"It was a tragic accident on the day after Thanksgiving," Charlie Senter said.
Senter is talking about his cousin, 40-year-old Terry Edge, who sideswiped a tractor trailer and rolled his Jeep on Nov. 26 near Interstate 27, South of County Road 6000.
"He was ejected from the vehicle," Senter said. "He's super lucky to be alive."
Edge was rushed to a Lubbock hospital, and even though he was off duty from his shift as sergeant at the Abernathy Police Department, word traveled fast to his law enforcement friends.
"I was shocked because Terry is usually the tough guy of the group," Peterson said. "He's the one who tells us, 'One more rep of lifting weights' or 'Get up, you'll be alright.' So when we found out he was severely injured, it was just hard to believe."
Edge suffered a spinal injury that still has him hospitalized nearly four months later.
"It's been really, really tough," Senter said. "We've had some heart-jerking moments because anybody else probably wouldn't have made it. It was really tough."
So Edge's friends and family brought his fight for recovery outside his hospital room.
"Knowing the way he is, he wouldn't want us to sit around," Peterson said. "He would want us to try to do something. He's very strong-willed, strong headed."
The funds raised at this event will help transfer Edge to Craig Hospital in Colorado for his rehab treatments.
"They're the number one spinal rehab center in the nation," Peterson said, "so we're trying to get him there so we can hopefully get him to where, if not, have a miracle and help him get to where he can have a good quality of life to where he can raise his son."
They believe that medical care, plus Edge's determination, will help bring him back home.
"We just have to take it a day at a time," Senter said, "and Terry is a big-picture minded kind of guy, so if you tell him he can do something, he's going to do it."
Another benefit for Edge will take place next Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at 50th Street Caboose.