Barbecue competition held to raise money for Officer Wagstaff - KCTV5

Barbecue competition held to raise money for Officer Wagstaff

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All the proceeds go to Wagstaff and his family. (KCTV) All the proceeds go to Wagstaff and his family. (KCTV)
HARRISONVILLE, MO (KCTV) -

If you were anywhere near Harrisonville on Saturday, you may very well have been able to smell some serious barbecue.

Three hundred to 500 people were expected at a competition to honor Thomas Wagstaff, a police officer shot in the head in March as he was responding to a burglary call.

There was everything from pulled pork, to brisket, to chicken at the event. Local law enforcement officials were the judges of the barbecue.

However, it was all for a very good cause, as all the proceeds go to Wagstaff and his family.

Wagstaff’s doctors have called his recovery miraculous. Just the mere fact he pulled through such a horrific injury, they said, is amazing.

Wagstaff has a wife and children and, as his journey to recovery continues, metro communities continue to step up with fundraisers to help them.

“Not only proud of IPD, but the community,” said Brad Halsey, Independence Police Chief. “I can’t speak enough about the community and the first responders throughout the area. Unless you see it from when it started to right now, you just wouldn’t understand it, to be honest with you.”

Halsey said the outpouring of support from the community hasn’t surprised him because it’s what people in the area do.

He said he last saw Wagstaff a couple of weeks ago.

“He’s strong,” he said. “He’s a warrior. He’s got a long road ahead of him, but he’s doing great. He works hard every day to get better, so that’s all you can ask for.”

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