In April the Erath County Sheriff’s Office received devastating news about two of its deputies and will be holding a BBQ dinner fundraiser to help raise funds for the two men and their families from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at City Hall at City Limits.

Deputy Dustin Ray Paulsen, 40, was struck head-on by a drunk driver in April. Paulsen suffered a broken pelvis and femur, separated ribs, bruised lungs, lacerated spleen and crushed left foot. He has undergone surgery, but will need more in the near future.

The sheriff’s office was hit with more bad news that month when Sgt. Detective Cody Keith was diagnosed with stage 4 nasopharyngeal carcinoma - a rare type of head and neck cancer that starts in the upper part of the throat behind the nose. Keith is undergoing treatment.

“I just want to see the families taken care of because this is tragic. Paulsen may not be able to come back as a deputy so we hope this will help him and his family’s future,” Judith Riola, sheriff’s office manager and coordinator of the fundraiser, said. “We’re expecting Cody to come back as soon as he gets better, but it’s a long road ahead for both of them. I just want to see them financially ok because these guys love law enforcement and it’s been taken away from them.”

Tickets for the dinner are being sold for $10 each at the sheriff’s office. There is also table sponsorships for sale for $1,000 for 10 seats and $500 for five seats. Other seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

The event will feature live and silent auctions with auctioneers Brent Graves and Justin Henderson, a raffle and live music by the Mark Trimmier Band.

The sheriff’s office will also be selling their custom T-shirts for $20 each.

To purchase your tickets for this event, or donate items for the auction, visit the sheriff’s office or call 254-965-3338.