Fundraiser held in Buckhead for children of fallen officer - CBS46 News

Fundraiser held in Buckhead for children of fallen APD officer

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Park Bench bar in Buckhead is stepping up to help raise money for the young children of an Atlanta police officer who died in a helicopter crash in early November.

Officer Shawn Smiley was killed on Nov. 3, 2012, along with Officer Richard Halford, the helicopter pilot, when their police helicopter crashed during a search for a missing child in southwest Atlanta.

Bar owner Larry Hall told CBS Atlanta news he wanted to do something to help officer Smiley's widow and three young school-aged children.

"The holiday season is here and Christmas time can be tough on a family, especially losing a father," Hall said.

Hall also said Smiley promised his children a trip to Disney World before he died.

All of the proceeds from the event will go to Smiley's family.

Hall hopes the event will raise enough money to buy gifts, pay for the theme park trip, or whatever it is Smiley's wife may need.

Park Bench is usually closed on Wednesdays, but when it is open on the weekends, the owner hires off-duty Atlanta police officers to help with security.

The owner told CBS Atlanta News that the fundraiser is a small way to thank all police officers.

The fundraiser will be held from 5-10 p.m.

Donations are being asked in lieu of paying for drinks and appetizers.

Park Bench is located at 34 Irby Ave. northwest.

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