Abilene’s Back the Badge raises $91k+ for local first responders

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Shots rang out last Saturday at the Shooting Clay Classic, but these were to help ‘Back the Badge’ and support Key City first responders.

Back the Badge president Richard Brown told KTAB/KRBC he was proud to be part of an organization that returns the favor to those who give everything for others.

“We’re continually helping families, continuing helping departments for equipment, for families, and personal for medical needs,” Brown listed. “This is very personal because as a young man growing up in New York, I was what they call a latchkey kid… The Police Athletic League, they came in and we were able to go and hang out in school, and they took care of us.”

Back the Blue was founded in 2014, and this year the foundation added other emergency service departments within the City of Abilene; like the Abilene Fire Department and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department. That shift then switched the name to today’s Back the Badge.

Jason Derby, who has been participating in the event since its start, told KTAB/KRBC he was happy to see the extension of help at Saturday’s clay shoot at Abilene Clay Sports.

“Through the years [I] have seen it grow. These are first responders, folks that benefit the city and the community that we all live in, and I can’t think of a better way or better organization to give back to the community,” said Darby.

This year’s fundraiser gathered $91,731, which has been promised to go towards first responders needs outside of their duties.

The annual Shooting Clay Classic is the main and only fundraiser produced by the foundation.

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