Police Chief Will Get Hit With Taser For Charity
DALLAS — No pain, no gain.
An unusual raffle taking place in the Back Mountain allows entrants to pay $5 per ticket for a chance to hit Larksville Police Chief John Edwards with a Taser in an effort to raise money for the family of a child who is battling cancer.
“It’s a strange experience because it’s extremely painful, but after the five seconds is up it’s completely over. There’s no residual effects. It doesn’t keep hurting,” Edwards said Friday. “It’s literally me standing there and getting blasted in the back for five seconds. If it can raise $10,000 for the family, then how could you not do it?”
Edwards said he volunteered to subject himself to such treatment after coming across the case of Nathan Welby on Facebook. A Gofundme.com campaign for Nathan said the nearly 6-year-old boy was diagnosed in April with an inoperable brain tumor, and his family needs help to cover travel, chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
As of Friday afternoon, the campaign had raised more than $46,000.
Edwards doesn’t know Nathan’s family well — he’s never met Nathan and graduated from Lake-Lehman High School a year behind one of his uncles — but said that the case moved him because he is the father of a 4-year-old boy.
“I think having a son, it just hit me when I saw the pictures,” Edwards said.
Edwards previously did a similar event about three years ago, and was able to raise about $1,500 in a few days for a boy who had kidney cancer, he said.
“I was shocked at that point by the people who wanted to do it, No. 1, but were interested in learning about the Taser and had all these false pretenses in their mind,” he said.
The winner of the raffle will be required to go through two hours of training and to fire two practice cartridges prior to being able to take down the chief of police.
“It’s going to be a total learning experience, just like what a police officer goes through to be able to carry a Taser,” Edwards said.
Tickets are currently on sale at The Lands At Hillside Farms, the Larksville Borough building, The Boiler Room in Dallas, All-In Custom Vapes in Dallas and Savoy’s Pizza in Larksville.
This weekend, tickets will also be on sale at the St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church Bazaar in Larksville as well as at a car show and pig roast fundraiser that All-In Custom Vapes is hosting at the Dallas Shopping Center from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Larksville police Officer Josh Evans and K-9 Una will do a presentation at the car show as well, Edwards said.
“It breaks down the walls between us and the public, which to me is very important,” Edwards said. “The more you have the community on your side, the better.”
The drawing will be at the 109th Field Artillery Armory in Kingston at noon Sept. 15.
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