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‘Soup for Bryan’ event raises money for Posey Co. deputy shot last weekend

Published: Sep. 25, 2021 at 8:38 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - It’s been one week since Posey County Deputy Bryan Hicks was shot in New Harmony.

On Saturday, Leroy’s Tavern on Mount Vernon Avenue in Evansville used their “Free Soup Saturday” tradition to help raise money for Deputy Hicks and his family.

Free Soup Saturday is something the tavern has done every week since 2011 to say “thank you” to their customers.

“It’s kind of our give-back day,” Terri Carl, owner of Leroy’s Tavern said.

The family who owns the bar is friends with the Hicks family, so it hit them extra hard when they heard Deputy Hicks had been shot in the line of duty last weekend.

“It really hurt. It jerked all of our hearts,” Carl said “It was a late-night thing, my daughter knows Tammy much better than I do, and the next couple days, we were just in a whirlwind, ‘What can we do, what can we do to help?’”

What they did was make Free Soup Saturday into a way to raise money for the Hicks family. A $5 donation gave customers a bowl of homemade chili, as well as a peanut butter and honey sandwich.

Carl and her team made 45 gallons of chili for the event and started serving it at 10 a.m. Saturday, and it was all gone by mid-afternoon. Carl says they want the money they raise to help the Hicks family focus on Brian’s recovery, rather than worry about money.

“There’s going to be issues that he’s going to have to deal with that are very, very emotional and so,” Carl said. “That being said, we want to make sure financial needs are something they don’t have to worry about.”

They also sold beer cozies and donated 10% of all their earnings on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Restaurant management says multiple members of the Hicks family were in attendance for the event, including Brian’s wife Tammy, and they say they were grateful for what Leroy’s Tavern was doing.

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