ROCKWALL – Several fundraising events have been scheduled in the near future beginning Jan. 21 for Garland fireman and Rockwall volunteer fireman Devon Colbert, whose spinal cord injury has left him paralyzed after another driver ran a stop sign and slammed into Colbert’s vehicle Dec. 17 near the intersection of Hwy. 66 and John King Blvd.
According to a flier from the Rockwall Fire Department and Garland Firefighter’s Association, the 29-year-old, 2002 Rockwall High School graduate is now trying to regain use of his arms and legs at Baylor Rehabilitation Center, after spending two weeks in ICU.
According to event fliers, Colbert is the sole breadwinner for his family, and he has no long-term disability insurance or extended vacation or sick leave. He and his wife, Emily, have two young children and funds are needed for medical care, as well as to raise their children.
The first event will be a a benefit golf tournament Jan. 21 at the Creekview Golf Club in Crandall, hosted by the Garland Firefighters’ Association. Call 469-323-3869 for info.
Next will be Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 5-9 pm, at Joe Willy’s Market & Grill. Tips and donations, as well as a percentage of the night’s profits, will go to the Colbert family. A Facebook event page was set up at Team Devon Fundraiser at Joe Willy’s. Over 300 people have committed to attend.
Garland and Rockwall firefighters have scheduled a ball at the Hilton Hotel in Rockwall March 2 with all proceeds going to the Colbert family. The event continues from 6 pm – Midnight and tickets are $75 per person, including dinner, dancing, cash bar, live and silent auction and casino gaming. Special room rates are available for the night. Call the Hilton Hotel at 214-771-3700 and ask for the “Ride the Elevator” rate. For additional info, call the Rockwall Fire Department at 972-771-7770 or email email@example.com.
On March 23 the Garland Firefighters Association has scheduled a “Pancakes for Devon” fundraiser, from 6-11 am, at Rodgers Baptist Church, 801 W. Buckingham, in Garland. The cost is $5 per person. In addition, firefighters are asking that people donate an item that can be raffled off during the event. Businesses or groups can sponsor a table for $100 and are welcome to promote their products or services.
By J.J. Smith