A silent auction was held to raise money for Alpharetta's public safety workers. JONATHAN COPSEY/Staff. (click for larger version)
Alpharetta police officers and firefighters donned aprons and caps to chop some shrimp and cook some veggies for the annual fundraiser. JONATHAN COPSEY/Staff. (click for larger version)
October 10, 2013
ALPHARETTA, Ga. Police and firefighters came together Oct. 8 to cook up a storm.
The seventh annual Red and Blue Cook for You event was held at the Benihana Japanese steakhouse on Mansell Road to raise money for the Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation. Each year, the police and firefighters take up a place behind the grill and cook hibachi-style food for guests.
Alpharetta officer David Freeman was shot several times during a traffic stop in April that incapacitated him for weeks. He has only just started getting back onto patrol.
"That is what this foundation is about, assisting injured first responders" said Public Safety Director Gary George. "Thank you for all you do."
Alpharetta has 110 officers. While the city maintains a good amount of money to pay for what the emergency services need, it cannot meet all the demands.
"I wish the city could pay for everything," said Councilmember D.C. Aiken. "The foundation is what picks it up."