Smiles and hugs ruled Tuesday at the Law Enforcement Center as the Brownwood Municipal Police Association presented a detective with a check to help with her 10-year-old daughter’s medical expenses.
    Clutching balloons and a small stuffed animal, 10-year-old Lexi Cantu basked in the attention as the BMPA presented her mother, detective Kim Holland, with a check for $8,200 — the results of a brisket lunch fundraiser held Saturday on behalf of Lexi.
    It was recently discovered that Lexi has a cyst that it is pushing on her brain, causing medical complications, the BMPA said earlier in a press release. The family has been referred to a neurosurgeon.
    The medical bills associated with this diagnosis and treatment/surgery, as well as the expense of travel to and from the metroplex area, are very costly.     
    Members of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office as well as Brown County Law Enforcement wives and concerned members of the community helped with the fundraiser.
      Representatives of the police department and sheriff’s office, Holland’s good friend Kim Peterson gathered Tuesday at the Law Enforcement Center for the presentation of the check to Holland.
    BMPA President Fred Bastardo was accompanied by his wife, Jill.
    “This is amazing,” Holland said after giving her daughter’s head a quick kiss. “This is a blessing for our family. We appreciate it.”
    The fundraiser was an illustration of “how the law enforcement center comes together, and the citizens and community,” detective Harold Thomas said.