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Baldwin County first responders hold benefit for Officer Billa's family


First responders in Baldwin County joined together to show their support Saturday morning for the family of slain Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa.  

They held a big benefit in Spanish Fort to raise money for Officer Billa's wife and son.    
First, Stapleton Volunteer Firefighters raised a huge American flag in the parking lot of the Bass Pro Shops store.

Then, Medstar AirCare landed its medical helicopter.
It was all part of the Baldwin County first responders benefit for officer Justin Billa's family.

Khyle Jackson, a flight nurse for Medstar AirCare, said, "This is a way to show them our appreciation and how much they mean to us and, especially, Officer Billa and his family and the sacrifice that he made."
The benefit included a car wash, raffle and the opportunity for people to get a close look at the helicopter.
When asked why he wanted to come out, Dwain Mangold of Fowl River said, "Just to show a little respect for all the people who serve our community."

Another person who came to be the benefit, Leisa Stewart of Spanish Fort said, "This sweet family has lost a wonderful young man, and I think we should all be here to support them."

And Zelda Calloway of Point Clear said, "It just breaks my heart for that little boy who is going to grow up and not even know his dad.  You know, it's just so sad." 

But for Jackson, helping put on an this event was important for a special reason. 

He said, "I've had several times where a police officer has told me, 'Hey, I've got you covered.  Just kind of stay back.'   That is beyond words to describe what that means." 
Several local businesses donated supplies for the raffle.

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