All proceeds from Bullpen Sports Grill from Wednesday night will be donated to Worley while he recovers from being shot in the line of duty.
PARK HILLS, Mo. — Outside the Bullpen Sports Grill you’ll see a blue line around the logo, and inside you’ll find all the people who support what it stands for.
“I was a police officer for 28 years, and it gets to me every time something happens to another police officer,” said Gary Urbantke.
Hundreds of people, whether or not they personally knew Bonne Terre Police Corporal Garrett Worley, showed up Wednesday night to support his recovery.
“A lot of people don’t understand thin blue line brotherhood. When we hurt, we all hurt,” Jason Fitzwater said.
“We were always playing and laughing and everything, so it was always a good time to be around Corporal Worley,” Kyle Franklin said.
Worley is recovering after responding to a disturbance call at a nearby motel that escalated into a shooting and left him severely injured and his best friend and colleague, Officer Lane Burns, dead.
“I was hurt just because he’s a friend of my family,” Franklin said.
Bullpen owner Nick Basinger organized a second fundraiser specifically to help Worley. It raised around $8,000 on its first.
“I think we’re going to be over $8,000 personally just for everyone that’s been out,” Basinger said.
100% of tonight’s proceeds will go to Worley’s family and help cover his medical bills.
“I can’t wait to see him again. At least say hello to him, it’s a blessing that he’s still with us today,” Franklin said.
It was also Corporal Worley’s birthday.
The group asked everyone to join them in singing happy birthday.
They played it on Facebook live so Worley could watch it from the hospital.