Officer Billy Clardy III frequented Farm Burger, a local restaurant in his Alabama town, several times a week.
When Officer Clardy was killed in the line of duty, the staff at Farm Burger knew they wanted to step in and help his family. That’s when they got the idea to donate 15% of a day’s sales to the Clardy family.
“The day before this happened he got the number one Farm Burger,” said Farm Burger’s general manager Tara Ledwell in footage provided by WHNT19. She believed it was his favorite. “It must have been,” she said. “He liked it.”
The Huntsville police officer was shot and killed on December 6, 2019.
Farm Burger staff felt that the initiative gave the entire community an opportunity to honor Officer Clardy’s service and sacrifice.
“It was just overwhelming in how many people wanted to give,” Tara said. The restaurant raised $1,850. They turned that money over to the Huntsville Police Citizens Foundation, which will pass it on to the Clardy family.
HPCF program director Leslie Freeman spoke to the financial stress that falls on families during these times. “Benefits can take a few months to even a year up to get to the family,” she noted. “So it’s not instantaneous.”
Leslie knows from experience. She lost her husband, Officer Eric Freeman, in 2007 when he was shot and killed during a traffic stop. “Understanding that someone else has been in their [the Clardy family’s] shoes I’m hoping is a help,” Leslie said.
The HPCF will continue collecting donations for the Clardy family.
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