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Benefit raises $5,000+ for Brookland Police Department

Published: Jun. 10, 2022 at 6:07 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 13, 2022 at 8:12 PM CDT
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BROOKLAND, Ark. (KAIT) - Helping our police officers, one pound of pulled pork at a time.

Trauma Hogs BBQ is yelling success after they raised over $5,000 to benefit the Brookland Police Department on Sunday.

All the proceeds will go directly to the police department to help purchase a K9 dog and training for its handler.

“Brookland is a growing community. It is one of the larger growing outlying communities in Northeast Arkansas especially outside of Jonesboro and they need extra support,” said Jason Cottingham, owner of Trauma Hogs BBQ. “There’s been some shortages and officers and stuff like that, and that will kind of shore up some of their help. We absolutely want to help those guys because they do a lot in our community.”

Cottingham said as they get closer to celebrating a year in business, they know they are only as strong as their community.

He added they ran out of food before the benefit was supposed to end, but he didn’t know if they could have cooked enough for the crowd that showed up.

If you were wondering about the name “Trauma Hogs BBQ”, the owners, Cottingham and Tiffany Vaughn, were both nurses before being furlough during the pandemic, which is where the idea of Trauma came from.

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