Fundraiser held for West Palm Beach officers

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A benefit was held Sunday afternoon in West Palm Beach to assist first responders and their family who are in need. 

It was a different call to duty.

"It's just time for us to give back a little, Olympia Zuccarelli said.

Some men and women in uniform were asked to sit back and have a good time, Sunday afternoon.

"Makes them feel good about what they're doing and knowing that the community supports them," said Gregg Weiss, the president of the West Palm Beach Police Foundation. 

The organization helps officers going through a difficult time.

"I think it's a nice showing of support. I think it's great," Mary Sergeant said. 

Sergeant knows first-hand the struggles of watching a loved one battle an illness.

"We never prepared for anything like that," she said. 

Her husband Capt. Daniel Sergeant died in 2011 after a being diagnosed with ALS. Back then she says the foundation helped her family when they needed it the most.

"The cost of some things you can become ill with some diseases is astronomical," Sergeant said. 

The owner of Zuccarelli's restaurant decided to open its doors to hold a fundraiser for injured or ill officers.

"We've been fortunate enough to have a healthy family and our friends to be with us and keeping our business for so many years so now we want to give back," Zuccarelli said.

Through music, food and little bit of fun, this group is paying it forward, to those who have their back.

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