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Officers will go to bat for trooper with cancer

Teams from local law enforcement agencies are scheduled to participate in a softball tournament June 15 to benefit a local Florida Highway Patrol trooper with cancer. Money raised from the tournament and from a chicken barbecue dinner will help defray the medical expenses of Tommie Lee Greer, an 11-year patrol veteran who had surgery for a brain tumor in February, according to Kathy Hart of the patrol.

The tournament is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 15 at Tom Varn Park on State Road 50 in Brooksville. Teams from sheriff's offices in Hernando, Pasco, Citrus and Sumter counties are scheduled to participate, as well as teams from other agencies. Each team will make a donation to the medical fund.

The chicken dinner will be served starting at 11 a.m. and will cost $4 a person. A yard sale and a dunking booth occupied by police officers also will help raise money.

The 37-year-old Greer of Brooksville is now at home, Mrs. Hart said. His medical expenses have surpassed $500,000, and insurance has not picked up all the cost, Mrs. Hart said. His patrol assignments have included areas in Pasco and Hernando counties, she said.