Hundreds and hundreds of people stood in line for hours to help support DPS Trooper Moises Sanchez who was shot in the line of duty on Saturday.
“We’re family,” said Omar Cavazos, aU.S. Border Patrol agent who never met Sanchez but says it doesn’t matter, “We want to support one of our own. We are all brothers.”
As soon as Cavazos heard about the BBQ fundraiser on Thursday at the 5 X 5 Brewing Co. in Mission, he loaded up his pit, other agents, and starting firing up the grill.
“It doesn’t matter which agency you work for- we’re all a family we work together whether you’re local police officer or sheriff’s deputy or a trooper, we’re one family we back each other up,” Cavazos said.
He’s one of over 50 law enforcement officers that were up at 4:00 am to BBQ plates that would be sold to raise money for Trooper Sanchez.
“We’ll be here until the plates run out,” Cavazos said.
Something Trooper Sanchez’s cousin said he’s grateful for.
“To see the overwhelming support it’s beyond words, if you see the lines, it’s agents and agents, 40 plates, 60 plates, 100 plates.” said Balde Sanchez who grew up with Trooper Sanchez in McAllen.
The fundraiser started with Austin Enriquez, the owner of Classic Fitness, who said he wanted to help and it blew up.
“Two years ago on my way to work I was in a car accident they went through the turmoil they knew what it was to sacrifice and how bills piled up and we were heard about this we knew this family was going to be in need,” Enriquez said.
Enriquez teamed up with the owners of the 5 X 5 Brewing Co. in Mission and made a plan to sell plates and give 100 percent of the proceeds to Trooper Sanchez’s family.
“I didn’t expect this turn out, we’re running out of rice, beans, jalapenos, all we have left is chicken, but they’re more than glad to donate more than happy to give,” Enriquez said.
Sean Downey with 5 X 5 Brewing Co. says he couldn’t be happier with the show of support for Trooper Sanchez.
“To see people rally around such a great cause for family that;s going through a lot right now, what hidden injuries could come out of this and we want to make sure that we’re here for them,” Downey said.
Over all more than 10,000 people went to support Trooper Sanchez Thursday and make sure he knows they are here to support in every way they can.
“We’re in full support we’ve been praying he’s going to be fine 100% right now he’s stable but in critical condition from what I’ve heard from other family members,” said Balde Sanchez.