GASTONIA, N.C. - The community is rallying around a North Carolina trooper who was paralyzed after chasing a suspect.
Christopher Wooten was on his motorcycle two months ago, chasing a car that pulled away in west Charlotte, when he was hit by a truck.
His friend, retired North Carolina Trooper David Ferguson, is helping organize a community barbeque fundraiser next month.
Ferguson, who is now a special deputy United States Marshall Service Court security officer, said the event is all about giving back to a man who dedicated much of his life to serving others.
“He was the nicest guy always working hard and helping others,” Ferguson said. “I saw him and his wife walking and smiling and waving. He can still smile, he just can’t move from the neck down.”
The fundraiser is set for Oct. 2 at Ray Nathan’s in Gastonia. The restaurant, the “Band of OZ”, Sundrop, Lays and other corporate sponsors are donating 100 percent of the proceeds to Wooten.
You can use the email address TrooperWootenEvent@gmail.com to pre-order. Just send names and the number of BBQ plates needed. You can also write checks directly to Chris Wooten, or use cash. You can mail checks early to 4571 S. New Hope Road. Gastonia, NC. 28056.
Debit and credit cards can only be used on Oct. 2 at the restaurant. Organizers would like to know the head count by Sept. 28 to prepare. People who order more than 10 plates can have them delivered to nearby locations. Participants can also pick up their plates or eat at the restaurant.
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