By Lynn West
New Albany Gazette
NEW ALBANY – A nearly steady stream of shoppers paused at two tables set up in front of the New Albany Walmart on Saturday to help the family of Union County Deputy Clinton Frazier, who died in the line of duty in a traffic accident Dec. 18.
The fundraiser was from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Michael Hall, president of the Northeast Chapter of the Mississippi Police Benevolent Association, said people were generous, giving $10, $20 and $100 bills.
The event was sponsored by the Police Benevolent Foundation and Northeast Chapter of the Mississippi Police Benevolent Association. Their purpose is to help fallen law enforcement officers and their families as well as sometimes providing needed legal help or representation. Contributions are tax-deductible, and 100 percent of the money raised Saturday will go into a special account set up for Frazier’s family at Regions Bank.
“This won’t bring him back and it won’t stop the hurt but with one salary gone, it will help her and the girls,” Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said of Frazier’s wife. Frazier, who had been with the Union County Sheriff’s Department two years, also is survived by three children.
Law enforcement officers from the city and county showed up to help man the tables Saturday and Edwards said others came from surrounding counties to show support. “And people from the community have been bringing food for us as well,” Hall said.
No other fundraiser for Frazier’s family is currently planned but Hall said the organization does have some events during the year to have funds on hand if needed.
“This is our way of giving back to the local heroes that paid the ultimate sacrifice for their communities,” Hall said.
Anyone who wants to help can contribute to the “Deputy Clinton Frazier Memorial Fund” at any Regions Bank.