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 July 17th, 2012  
Fund-raiser helps St. Lucie County Deputy stricken with rare disease, members of the public can donate to help

Members of the public safety community of St. Lucie County turned out in large numbers for a benefit Friday to help St. Lucie County Sheriff's Deputy Tommy Worthington, who was stricken earlier this year with a rare disease.

A benefit barbecue at the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office Friday saw hundreds of law enforcement officers, prosecutors, fire fighters and friends donate nearly $13,000 to help Deputy Worthington, who is being treated at a hospital in Miami.

"Members of the safety community are a family," said St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara. "In a time of need, our family has closed ranks to help Tommy and his wife Dana. I want to encourage members of the public to assist as well."

Deputy Worthington, 39, joined the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office in 2009 after serving as a police officer with the Port St. Lucie Police Department for five years.

In April, he became ill. His treatment and recovery will take a considerable amount of time.

Members of the public can make tax-deductible, charitable donations by sending a check or money order to the St. Lucie County Crime Prevention League and noting on the check or money order that the donation is for Deputy Tommy Worthington. Donations may be mailed to the St. Lucie County Crime Prevention League, c/o St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce, FL  34981-4825.

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