ALCOA (WATE) – Moe’s Southwest Grille in Alcoa is hosting a fundraiser Tuesday for the family of fallen Maryville police officer Kenny Moats.
Moe’s on Hamilton Crossing Drive is holding a “Blue Line Benefit.” The promotion lasts all day and a portion of sales will be donated to the Moats family.
Moats was shot and killed on August 25 while responding to a call about a domestic dispute involving a gun. The suspect, Brian Stalans, 44, is now charged with one count of first degree murder, two counts of attempted first degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault. The case was bound last week to the grand jury.
“We rode together for seven or eight years. He was a brother to us and he’s well missed,” said Officer Donnie Carroll of the Maryville Police Department.
Officer Carroll came to eat lunch at Moe’s on Tuesday.
“If it wasn’t for our community, we couldn’t be as strong as we are because they’ve been our foundation the whole time,” said Officer Carroll.
Fifteen percent of the sales during the Blue Line Benefit were to be donated to the Moats family.
“We’ve had a line out the door all morning since we opened at 11,” said Kara Moore with Moe’s Southwest Grill Alcoa.
The restaurant was also selling T-shirts and gear to add to the final tally.
“They’re out there fighting the monsters for us and to show all of this support for them is astounding,” added Moore.
Many at the restaurant say it’s what Blount County has done the last month that’s incredible.
“I couldn’t find a parking spot so I made up one. But I think that’s amazing to see the community show so much support for what the police officers have been through,” said Whitney Young of Maryville.
Like Officer Moats’ partners, everyone in Blount County is carrying him in their hearts.
“You always have to remember the legacy that they left,” said Officer Carroll.
On Monday, Maryville’s Police Chief Tony Crisp wrote a heartwarming letter to the community, thanking everyone for their compassion, love, and kindness following the death of Officer Moats.
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