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.