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Benefit Dinner Raises Money for Retired Clare Police Officer

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A police officer who devoted his life to helping others, now needs some help of his own.

Tonight, his community stepped up.

Tom Drury was a Police Officer in Clare for 25 years.

He now works part time for the Sheriff's Department.

He recently suffered a heart attack and is now battling bills instead of bad guys.

Tonight, friends, family, and strangers came out to a benefit dinner and silent auction in Clare to raise money for his expenses.

"I had a heart attack three days before Christmas and it was pretty severe, it scared me."

Tom had a pacemaker put in, is on many medications, and working toward getting healthy again.

But the related expenses continue to pile up.

"I retired from the police department, I started working for the Sheriff's Department up in court security which is great, but don't have health insurance," Tom explained.

That's when his fellow officers stepped in.

"When we learned about the troubles with the insurance and the debt that he was starting to incur from this illness, we said we have to pitch in and help him," said Brian Gregory, the Chief of the Clare Police Department, "we're stepping up to help one of our own, not only one of our own officers, but one of our own community members."

Both old friends and strangers came out to support Tom. It's something he says is not only overwhelming, but humbling.

"It's amazing, I can't believe they're here for just me, it's nice, it's nice. People I don't even know, people I haven't seen in years, and it's just amazing," said Tom as he teared up.

Everyone's confident that a lot of money was raised between the dinner and silent auction... And however much that was...

"It's just going to be a great help to us."

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