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Law Enforcement Agencies Plan Fundraising Event

It is a chance to assist two area law enforcement families who have met with tragic circumstances.

Flyer created to announce the upcoming fundraising event.

(SALEM, Ore.) - The Salem Police Department and Marion County Sheriff's Office are holding a fundraising concert to benefit Salem Police Officer Tim Holm and Marion County Sheriff's Parole/Probation Sergeant Jake Greer and their families.

The concert will feature the Bryan Flannery Band and will be held at 7:00 PM on Saturday, October 25th in the auditorium of West Salem High School.

Officer Holm was on a motorcycle ride July 6th on his off-duty time when he became involved in a crash near Dallas, Oregon. He sustained a severe spinal cord injury and spent five weeks in intensive care and several more weeks in a physical rehabilitation facility. He is now confined to a wheelchair. Officer Holm's wife, Karen, is an English teacher at West Salem High School and they have two children.

On July 16th, Parole/Probation Sergeant Jake Greer's five-year old daughter Lydia was killed in a tragic vehicle accident near McMinnville.

Salem Police Lt. Dave Okada says both the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Salem Police Department have been actively working to support Officer Holm and Sergeant Greer since these tragic events. All proceeds from the concert will be split between their two families. Officer Holm's funds will be used to help with the current and future financial needs of having to adjust his lifestyle, and Sergeant Greer will use the other half of the funds to establish the Lydia Greer Memorial Fund to assist other law enforcement families who encounter similar types of tragedies.

This event is made possible largely through the generosity of Salem Police Sergeant Doug Carpenter and his wife, Salem Police Officer Becky Carpenter. They purchased four hours of time from the Bryan Flannery Band at a recent fundraising auction and requested that the time be dedicated to this fundraiser. The Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Salem Police Department were proud to join in this effort, and along with the generous donation of the facility from West Salem High School, this exciting event has become a reality.

The Bryan Flannery Band, featuring Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Bryan Flannery and two Salem-Keizer School District employees, plays rock and acoustic music. Their music is family friendly. There will also be an opening band playing prior to the Bryan Flannery Band. The talent, equipment, time and hearts of both musical groups are also proudly being donated.

Tickets for this event are available now through both the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Salem Police Department. Prices are $20 prior to event, $10 for students with ID, and $25 at the door on the evening of the event. To order tickets, please call 503-588-6144, extension 9. Cash or checks only please. For those who cannot attend but would like to make a donation to this worthy cause, checks may be written to the 'Salem Police Association' and either dropped off at the Salem Police Department or mailed to:

T. Holm/J. Greer Fund Raiser
C/O Lt Jim Anglemier,
Salem Police Department
555 Liberty St SE, Room #130
Salem, OR 97301

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