A national annual charity event recently hosted a true American hero just days after being released from the hospital. After receiving a standing ovation for his bravery and service, the recovering officer heralded in this year’s fundraising fight between firefighters and police officers.
Sergeant Tom Lake was ambushed on November 21 as he sat in his cruiser. He was shot in the face twice by a coward who was later killed in a shootout by police at a different location. The tragic incident left Sgt. Lake hospitalized, but alive. He was invited to open the 30th annual Guns-N-Hoses charity event in the St. Louis Area.
As Sgt. Lake took the stage, a crowd of over 18,000 people greeted him with an applause that moved him to tears. He motioned toward his heart during the round of applause as he had only been out of the hospital a few days when he attended the event.
The Guns-N-Hoses charity event, sponsored by Budweiser, is dedicated to raising money for foundations that support the first responders and their family members in various areas across the countryThe charity has given over $5.5 million to these foundations. When one officer was asked why he chose to participate in this year’s fights, Granite City Police Officer Brandon Shellenberg, said, “To be able to come out and know that I am fighting for a cause to help support these families that have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
The veracity and dedication of Sgt. Lake to his career and life’s mission to protect and serve has sent a powerful message. He has not only shown his community and the world the resilience of law enforcement officers, he has also shown that above all things, law and order will remain.
H/T [Blue Live Matter]