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Fundraiser event Saturday for injured Gadsden police officer

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GADSDEN, Ala. -

Friends of a Gadsden police officer hospitalized with a head injury are raising money to help cover some of his family's expenses.  Dozens of businesses donated items for an auction to benefit the Gary Pierce Recovery Fund.

Pierce suffered his injuries Saturday when a truck collided with his motorcycle.  He is a Gadsden police officer who serves as the Sergeant of Operations for the Etowah County Drug Task Force.

The commander of the narcotics unit, Rob Savage, said Pierce is showing small signs of improvement.  Savage said it will be a long road to recovery, but friends and family remain positive about Pierce's progress.

"For the past 24 hours he's been breathing on his own.  They believe within the next 24 hours that he could come completely off of the vent," friend Craig Pruett said.

"I've been told that he has responded to voice commands from raising his fingers to given a thumbs up, to moving his feet.  All which is great progress for Gary's situation right now."

Brute Fitness is hosting a Crossfit competition at 10 a.m. Saturday, with an auction at 11.  Pierce worked out at the gym a few times, and members said Pierce's daughter Courtney is a regular.

"I've never met him, but I know Courtney, and we just want to do all that we can as a Brute family here to help them as a family," Stephen White said.

"We have to have bidders, so we encourage everyone to come out and bid for this awesome chance to give back to a person who gives his life to protect us here in Gadsden."

The event is at Brute Fitness, at the intersection of Locust Street and Third Street in downtown Gadsden.  Registration for the Crossfit competition is at 9 a.m.  The entry fee is a donation of any amount to the Gary Pierce Recovery Fund.  All proceeds from the competition and the auction will go to Pierce's family.  They will accept cash and checks, but no credit cards.

The following vendors donated items for the auction:

Absolute Fitness
Albertville Quality Foods
All of the Above Pool Company
Amanda Blackwell LMT, Massage Therapy
Applebee's
Ashai
Ashleigh Gaskin Hammontree, Young Living Essential Oils
B&B Pawn and Jewelry
Blendz Smoothie and Supplement Shop
Blooms of Broad
Brad Frost, Performance Chiropractic
Brandon Neely, Auctioneer
Brent Smith Sacred Art
Calla Lillies Boutique
Center Stage
Chad Lincoln Allstate
Chickfila
Christina Palmer Stretch Therapy
Connie's Coneys
Cookies by Allison
Cracker Barrel
Delilah Hair and Nail Salon
Dragon Quills
Deep South Boutique
Events on Court
The Factory
Family Fun Zone
Ferguson Plumbing and Lighting of Birmingham
Flowers by Rita
Fobbus Heating and Cooling
Frios
Gadsden Jewerly and Pawn
Gadsden Mall
Gadsden Outfitters
Gadsden Runners Club
Gadsden Variety on Broad Street
Gene Milligan Husqvarna
Glass House Gifts
GNC Rainbow City
Gold's Gym
Gravel Clothing and Apparel
The Gridiron
Hampton Ill West Gadsden/Attalla
The Healing Tree, Meghan Harris
Hicks Family Shoes
Hobbies and Collectibles
Inzer, Haney, McWhorter & Haney LLC - Mathew Skelton, Attorney
J&J Candles
Jefferson's
Jireh's Boutiques
Just Creations Face Painting
Kerry Wilson Insurance
Kimberly James, author of "Waterborn"
Little Caesar's
Logan's
Mals Jewelry Inc
Medical Uniforms on Broad Street
Moxie
PMCandles.com
Premier Cinema 16
Randi Gaskin Wright Photography
Red Lobster
Shenna Dyar, Massage Therapist at Performance Chiropractic
Tammy Craft, Helena Rene's Salon
Top of the River
Toy Exchange
Tre Ragazzi's
Uncle Sam's
Wild About Me Personalized Gifts and Pottery
Wright Exercise
YMCA Gadsden
Yogurtime

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