A fish fry held Oct. 23 at the Viking Drive Substation in Bossier City raised more than $10,000 for a Reserve Deputy with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office battling cancer.
Deputy Gregg Shy, a Reserve Deputy since 2008, was diagnosed in early May with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He has undergone numerous chemotherapy treatments and has been in the hospital for a total of 13 weeks since that time. He is currently in Georgia where he will have a stem cell transplant next month.
Gregg, 51, married with four children, has not been able to work, and the fish fry was a way to help with some of his family expenses. More than 1,000 fish plates were sold at $10 each, and people made financial donations of more than $2,500, which means Gregg will receive more than $10,000 from the fish fry! The exact amount will be presented to Gregg’s wife, Deena, next week by Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington.
“Gregg is fighting a tough battle with cancer, and we here in Bossier Parish wanted to let him know that we are in his corner,” said Sheriff Whittington. “The community rallied behind the Shy family and showed tremendous support today by purchasing the fish fry plates and making their donations. I couldn’t be more proud of the way people responded.”
Reserve Deputies, Posse, Ladies’ Auxiliary and volunteers, including Gregg’s twin children, Tristan and Tiffani, lead the efforts in making fish plates, along with assistance from other deputies and staff. Nearly 700 pre-orders were made, but the overwhelming influx of folks just showing up to order fish plates was amazing, with some 300 orders made on the spot. At one point, they ran out of fish, and many folks waited patiently for more fish to arrive and get cooked.
Earlier this year, friends, family and the community did an outstanding job in raising money for another deputy battling cancer, Barrett Lovell. Your support helped him beat his battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and he is now back at work – that was a tremendous blessing.