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Crowd seems to boost cash for hospitalized sheriff’s deputy – Salisbury Submit

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office lit 100 or more grills in its parking lot to raise money for employees or charities, but Thursday’s fundraiser for Brian Benfield could top the list of most food sold, Sgt. David Earnhardt said.

Benfield has been hospitalized with COVID-19 for more than a month and is expected to be transferred from the hospital to a long-term care facility. His wife and son also contracted COVID-19 and have since recovered.

To help their colleague, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office staff turned into quick orders Thursday, grilling hot dogs and making sausage sandwiches in the parking lot next to the Rowan County Courthouse. They attracted interested customers and also arranged orders,

“This is probably the biggest we’ve ever made, most of the food we’ve ever sold,” said Earnhardt, Benfield’s manager.

He estimated the fundraiser would cover a large chunk of Benfield’s hospital bills out of pocket, but it wouldn’t nearly fully cover the costs he incurs.

“If one of us is involved in something or needs help, we try to do something for him and to help him as well as possible,” said Earnhardt.

As they watched the line of people buying groceries Thursday, Benfield’s daughter Gracie and father Ned called it “a blessing”.

“Brian made a lot of friends,” said Ned Benfield. “We’re thankful.”

To learn more about Brian Benfield’s hospital stay, click or tap to read the Post’s story released Thursday: “The Rowan Sheriff’s Office is holding a fundraiser for a deputy hospitalized with COVID-19.”