Law enforcement in need gets an extra boost from the organization Blue Thanksgiving

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Blue Thanksgiving will serve 500 hot meals with all the trimmings to Cobb County law enforcement officers working on Thanksgiving Day.

“We do projects throughout the year to help them show the community cares,” Kim Peace Hill said.

After the turkey, stuffing and desserts are served, the nonprofit will focus on five law enforcement officers who are going through a tough time.

“We’re just helping them through the holidays and beyond with financial support as well as family gifts,” Peace Hill said.

Officer Gary Marsicek, Cobb County Police Department (Blue Thanksgiving)

Cobb County Police Officer Gary Marsicek was making an arrest on Interstate 75 when he was hit by a suspected drunk driver. He got stuck between a patrol car and the guardrail.

“Officer Marsicek has been out of work since the accident. He’s on workers’ compensation which is only 60% of his income,” Peace Hill said.

Andrew Siegel, Powder Springs Police Department

Andrew Siegel, Powder Springs Police Department (Blue Thanksgiving)

Powder Springs Police Officer Andrew Siegel has undergone surgery for Crohn’s disease.

“It took a month of hospitalization until he could be released,” Peace Hill said.

Former Cobb County Police Officer Lt. Roy Collar, now with the Chamblee Police Department, and his family.

Former Cobb County Police Officer Lt. Roy Collar, now with the Chamblee Police Department, and his family. (Blue Thanksgiving)

Roy Collar is a former Cobb County Police Officer who currently works for the Chamblee Police Department. Lt. Collar was shot in the head by a passenger in a stolen vehicle that had been linked to a robbery.

“As we try to get through the holidays, we’re going to do what we can to help her,” Peace Hill said.

Cobb County Police Detective ME Barday and family

Cobb County Police Detective ME Barday and family (Blue Thanksgiving)

Cobb County Police Detective ME Barday had just been recovering from breaking his leg after falling down the stairs holding his son, when he learned he had cancer which had spread. spread through his lymphatic system.

“He has started chemotherapy and will be out of work for an undisclosed amount of time,” Peace Hill said.

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Cobb County Sheriff’s Deputy Liam Stewart has just had surgery for lung cancer.

“We are of course praying for all of these officers to get well, but we just want to help make Christmas the best it can be under these circumstances,” Peace Hill said.

Like many nonprofits, those involved with Blue Thanksgiving say donations are down, likely because of the economy. But they say they will do what they can to help these officers.

To learn more about Blue Thanksgiving, or if you want to learn more, go to bluethanksgiving.com. Checks can be made payable to Blue Thanksgiving and mailed to PO Box 5238, Marietta, Georgia, 30061.

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