Following the fatal shooting on Sept. 10 of deputy Ryan Hendrix of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Back The Blue NC CEO and Founder Lindsay LiCausi announced that all funds raised at its community events would benefit the fallen deputy’s children.
Back The Blue NC will present the check at noon Tuesday, Nov. 17 to Ryan Hendrix’s parents along with Maj. Frank Stout and Sheriff Lowell Griffin of the Sheriff’s Office at 100 N. Grove St. in Hendersonville.
“Back The Blue NC was founded on July 6 with the main goal of uniting the North Carolina community of Law Enforcement and their family, friends, and supporters together to fight the ‘Defund The Police’ movement,” LiCausi said in a statement announcing the donation.
“Quickly, the group evolved into a nonprofit organization with the mission statement, ‘Giving back to those who are willing to give their all.’
“Not only does deputy Hendrix leave behind his fiancée and two young children, but his family, friends and a mourning community. In order to help deputy Hendrix’s surviving children, we at Back The Blue NC have worked hard to raise funds through sales at our rallies and donations made by the community.
“In total, $10,000 was raised for his children. It is a mere show of giving compared to what deputy Hendrix sacrificed for his community and will never heal the pain left behind for his children, but we hope it will help provide them with some financial peace of mind.
“As long as we have our brave men and women of law enforcement, we will always stand ready to give back to those willing to give their all.”
Due to the ongoing coronavirus and its restrictions, Back The Blue NC was only able to hold five events, during which the sale of T-shirts, bracelets and challenge coins, along with social media donations, raised $10,000.
Back The Blue NC Inc. is a nonprofit that operates with an all-volunteer staff, with 100 percent of all proceeds and donations going back to the law enforcement community.
Back The Blue will continue to raise funds for future law enforcement needs throughout the State in the future. Donations can be made online on the Back The Blue NC website at https://backthebluenc.us/.