Bubba, fans donate $53,000 to fallen officers’ families

August 18th, 2010 by Staff

Radio host Bubba the Love Sponge® Clem presented the families of slain Tampa police Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab checks for $26,500 each today at a ceremony at police headquarters in downtown Tampa.

The officers’ widows, Sara Kocab and Kelly Curtis, attended the ceremony but didn’t speak. Police Chief Jane Castor and Maj. Sophia Teague, head of the department’s special operations division, also attended the 4 p.m. program.

“It’s just so moving to have everyone come forward and to put so much time and effort into it because I believe the citizens of Tampa feel that the Tampa Police Department is a part of their family,” Castor said.

The money comes from the Bubba the Love Sponge® Foundation, which Clem founded in 2008 to help raise awareness and channel donations to worthy community causes and victims.

More than $50,000 has already been distributed to the families of four Tampa Bay area law enforcement members who lost their lives or were critically injured in the line of duty.

Clem said he received donations from as far as the Netherlands and Alaska.

“My listeners, affectionately known as the Bubba Army, leapt into action,” Clem said.

“Hundreds and hundreds of people have come forward to help.”

One Response

  1. Stacey Sausville Townsend

    Thank you for your civic-mindedness in keeping with the good community stardards ya’ll have…I CANT BELIEVE NOT ONE PERSON COMMENTED ON THE EVENT…your & everyone else’s efforts…I guess people don’t READ anymore….God bless you and the families of these fallen heros.

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