Hundreds help raise money for Pitt Co. deputy & family

WINTERVILLE, NC (WITN) - Hundreds of people in Eastern Carolina gathered together Saturday to help raise money for a Pitt County Sheriff's Deputy and his wife who were both seriously injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year.

Pitt County Detective Shane Guthrie and his wife BonnieRae Guthrie organized a Backyard BBQ at Hometown Harley-Davidson in Winterville to help Deputy Brian Cox and his wife Wendy during their recovery.

BonnieRae says the couple may be out of work for the rest of the year and have three children to care for.

"Wendy broke her femur, tibia and fibula then developed and rare bacteria skin infection that complicated her recovery even more. She died on the table and they were able to get her back. She will be out of work until the end of the year and lost her job," she said.

The Guthrie's say they had a great turnout at Saturday's event, selling more than 270 meal tickets.

The event kicked off at 10:30 a.m. with a 70-mile motorcycle ride. Those not riding could enjoy live music, raffles, cornhole and horseshoe tournaments, and food from Moore's BBQ at Hometown Harley-Davidson until 3p.m.



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The Eastern Carolina community is coming together to rally around a Pitt County Sheriff's Deputy and his wife, who were both seriously injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year.

Another deputy's wife, BonnieRae Guthrie, has organized a Backyard BBQ at Hometown Harley Davidson in Winterville to raise money for Deputy Brian Cox and his wife, Wendy.

Guthrie says the couple may be out of work for the rest of the year and have three children to care for.

"Wendy broke her femur, tibia and fibula then developed and rare bacteria skin infection that complicated her recovery even more. She died on the table and they were able to get her back. She will be out of work until the end of the year and lost her job," she said.

The event is at Hometown Harley-Davidson at 2300 Elaines Way in Winterville from 9am-3pm on Saturday, September 23rd. The event will start with a 70-mile motorcycle ride with kickstands up at 10:30am.

Upon their return, there will be live music, food from Moore's BBQ, cornhole and horseshoe tournaments, raffles and more.