The Elmore and Woodville community came together on Sunday at a spaghetti benefit dinner in support of a fallen Elmore Police officer.
Jose ??Andy?? Chavez was killed, along with two others, in a Fremont bar shooting in March. Those who knew him gathered at Woodmore High School to remember his life and to help donate to the family he left behind.
??The (Elmore) police department itself is only eight members and when you lose one of them it??s certainly like losing a member of your family,?? said Elmore Police Dept. Sgt. Jeffrey Harrison. He continued, ??We certainly hope that Andy is remembered for all the things he left behind.??
Chavez??s impact is felt throughout Woodmore High School. The baseball team recently painted a large rock that sits in front of the school in his memory. His impact was also felt on the soccer field, as a coach with the boys varsity soccer team.
??When our students left school he was always talking with them and just made a big connection with them,?? said Linda Bringman, Superintendent of Woodmore Local Schools.
As the Woodville-Elmore community filled up on spaghetti, baked goods and other treats, they also filled donations jars. Funds from the jars and a silent auction will benefit Chavez??s own family. Those interested in donating are asked to contact Woodmore Local Schools.