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Humble Heroes hosts dinner to help injured officers

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

A good meal took on a whole new meaning in east Atlanta Wednesday.

The organization called Humble Heroes put on a charity event at Fox Brothers BBQ to raise money for two injured officers with the Atlanta Police Department.

Officer Ozzy Beckles was seriously injured when his patrol car was struck by a drunk driver on the interstate. One week later, Officer Reggie Robinson was shot in the face and critically wounded.

Both officers are doing well, but their recoveries are going to be long so the event was organized to not only help them with their huge medical bills, but everything else too.

It's probably one of the easiest and tastiest ways to donate to a good cause. People just came in to eat. Officers said it was a no brainer.

"It's very important to come out and support their families because we would hope they would support our families if something had happened to us," said Tracy Lewis, an investigator with APD.

Fox Bros BBQ donated 20 percent of its sales to help the cause and workers said as easy as it was for the officers to come in, it was just as easy for them to donate.

"For everything they do it's the least we can do to give back to them, especially in times like this when there are injuries in the line of duty," said Cynthia Montoya, the restaurant's general manager.

And those who have been through it before said those injuries can cost you in ways most people never even think about.

Patrick Apoian is the president of Humble Heroes and an officer with APD. He said he's been injured on the job so he knows what it's like.

"I know personally that when I lost my extra job income, the fact that people stepped up to help got me and my family through. Otherwise we probably wouldn't have kept our house," said Apoian.

And he said the house was just the beginning.

"You don't think about that until you can't make it. Your electric, your kid wants to play soccer. It's those little things like being able to say to your kid 'I'll take you to a movie' is huge. It's very important," said Apoian.

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