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Ribs and auction raise $70,000 for families of slain Tampa officers

LAKELAND — A middle school barbecue fundraiser Saturday for families of slain Tampa police Officers Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis raised about $70,000.

Several hundred people rallied around Kocab's wife, Sara, a dean at Kathleen Middle School. Half of the money will benefit her and her overdue, unborn daughter. The other half will go to Curtis' wife, Kelly, and four sons, ages 8 months to 9 years.

The officers were shot to death June 29 after what started as a routine traffic stop. Both men were 31.

Sara Kocab spoke through Jeff Howell, pastor at Church on the Rock in Plant City: "I'm not used to this. Jeff and I have always done for others, so we're not used to others doing for us."

Fifteen rib-grilling teams pitched in, and baked goods, cold drinks and T-shirts also were sold. A silent auction of donated items and a live auction raised $9,700.

The total take was $89,000, but expenses are expected to total up to $20,000.

Other ways to help

• Jannus Live hosts a free family-friendly concert at
3 p.m. today by seven local artists who are donating their time. Admission is pay-what-you-can, with all proceeds going to the officers' families. Find more information at

• Donate to a fund for the officers' families at the Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union. Drop off a donation at any location, or send a check payable to the Curtis/Kocab Fund, Tampa Police Memorial Committee, P.O. Box 172995, Tampa, 33672.

Ribs and auction raise $70,000 for families of slain Tampa officers 07/17/10 [Last modified: Sunday, July 18, 2010 11:05am]
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