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Stories Added - September 9, 2007 - September 16, 2007
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Labor Day Benefit
Big Thicket Messenger - September 2007

A group of concerned citizens and business owners have joined together to organize a benefit to assist Deputy Sean Barnes, a San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Officer injured in the line of duty on July 18, during his recovery and recuperation.

The benefit is set for Labor Day Monday, September 3, at Sharon’s Café in Coldspring, located off Highway 150 next to VZ Marine. There will be fried fish plates for sale and an auction. The benefit is slated to begin at 11:30 and will continue as long as needed.

“We would greatly appreciate any assistance you can give us spreading the word to your friends, family, church members or any other organizations about this worthwhile cause and encourage anyone interested to please participate in our efforts to help this young officer in his time of need,” said San Jacinto County Sheriff Lacy Rogers.

At approximately 3:00 am. on July 18, Barnes was on patrol and stopped a suspicious vehicle that was driving through the neighborhood with his lights off.

After making contact with the driver, Deputy Barnes was attacked. The suspect obtained a gun from his vehicle and shot Barnes through his hand causing the deputy to lose his service weapon. When the Deputy took cover behind the suspect’s vehicle, the suspect put the vehicle in reverse and backed over Barnes dragging him over 50 feet down a paved road.

Barnes was transported to Hermann Hospital in Houston where he spent an extended amount of time undergoing surgery for a broken leg as well as extensive surgery on his hand to save the finger that was almost shot off by the suspect. He was also treated for numerous broken ribs, damaged vertebrae in his back and extensive lacerations to his head and face that required surgical support for his forehead where the bones had been severely shattered. Barnes was sent from Hermann Hospital to a rehabilitation facility in the Woodlands.

For more information and or to send a donation, please call any of the following benefit sponsors: LeAnn or Eddie Ellisor, Al Ellisor Bail Bonds, (936) 653-4165; Sharon or Mike Weiman, Sharon’s Café, (936) 653-3777; Terri Ellisor, R.E. Appraisals, (281) 592-1748 or (281) 622-6589.











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