Firefighters with the Cedar Hill Fire Department organized a barbecue benefit to honor a police officer and his family after their son was killed in a hit-and-run crash.
It has been nearly three weeks since 14-year-old Ethan Vasquez died in Dallas. Two men, who were fleeing from police at the time of the crash, were later arrested and charged with the boy's death.
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The firefighters said they really wanted to help since Ethan’s dad, Sgt. Victor Vasquez, was a Cedar Hill police officer.
"Officer Vasquez has been with the Cedar Hill Police Department for quite a few years,” said Cedar Hill firefighter Matthew Baker. “Fire and police work together hand in hand. He's been on scenes with us, so he is like a family member to the fire department, We felt it was our duty to help to cover any expenses he had."
The firefighters prepared 16 briskets, 20 pork shoulders, and 40 pounds of sausage. They did not put a price on the food, but just encourage the community to donate as much as they cool. Several local businesses also donated items to make this benefit possible.
The barbecue benefit runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Cedar Hill Fire Department at 1212 W. Belt Line Road.
Even if you were not able to come to the benefit, firefighters will still be taking monetary donations at the fire department for the Vasquez family.