By just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, law enforcement officials were cleaning up and still counting money raised at the “impromptu” sausage and brisket fund-raiser to benefit Brownwood Police Officer Dustin Bode and his children.
Bode's wife, Christi Jo, 29, died unexpectedly early Monday morning. Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Friday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home. A memo from Brownwood Police Chief Mike Corley stated some of the money raised would go toward helping with funeral expenses.
With donations still coming in late Tuesday, the total amount raised was nearing $11,000, said Assistant Police Chief James Fuller.
“We had a tremendous show of support,” Fuller said, “from the community, from the First Responders, from our own department and the other law enforcement departments.”
Just after noon, Brownwood firefighters were “manning” the booth handing out the brisket meals and sausage wraps, but an alarm for a fire on Main Street sent them running for the trucks. Lake patrol personnel filled in.
Volunteers, including personnel from Brownwood Regional Medical Center, The Ark and several other groups, helped “fill” the plates. Serving lines opened at 11 a.m. and by shortly after noon, the all of the first “batch” of brisket had run out. Most of the customers who couldn't wait the 10 or 20 minutes for the second batch to “warm” accepted the sausage plates or wraps. Either way, a wait or substitution seemed not to bother anyone.
A sign in front of the booth thanked Kroger, Brookshire's, Walmart, Chicken Express, Underwood's, Pepsi, Dr Pepper, Sonic, King's Grocery, Brownwood Janitorial, Draco's Janitorial, Bob and Janice Garrett, Taquito Millionario, Brent Bush and Guardian EMS; as well as Brownwood Fire Department, Scott Martin, Jayme Bowman, James Stroop, Augie and Vance Hill and “all the volunteers.”