Bubba the Love Sponge® gives money to widows of fallen TPD officers Curtis and Kocab

August 18th, 2010 by Staff


Tampa, Florida — Tuesday afternoon, the wives left behind by fallen Tampa police officers Dave Curtis and Jeff Kocab were given checks to help their families, after a fundraiser drive by radio personality, Bubba the Love Sponge®.

What phrase leaps to mind when you hear the name Bubba the Love Sponge®? How about “kind-hearted giving?”

No? Well, then, think twice.

Bubba is the man who’s led the drive to raise thousands of dollars for the Curtis and Kocab families. He says his listeners from all around the country were generous giving, “5, 10, 15 and 2,000 dollars and so on – just a lot of people doing a lot of good.”

Just one week after that tragic morning when Jeff Kocab and Dave Curtis were shot and killed in the line of duty June 29th, Bubba went on the air with a fundraising drive.

He brought other DJ’s on board, and urged listeners to donate to the Bubba the Love Sponge® Foundation. The nonprofit foundation has already given around $100,000 to the families of fallen Florida law enforcement officers.

Tuesday, Bubba Clem — that’s his full name — handed over the biggest single checks yet.

The Curtis and Kocab families will share $53,000.

Those checks — each for $26,500 — are just a small part of the debt our community owes these two families.

The presentation Tuesday afternoon at Tampa Police Department headquarters brought together Bubba Clem, Police Chief Jane Castor, Major Sophia Teague from TPD’s Special Ops Division, as well as widows Kelly Curtis and Sarah Kocab.

“You know I’m a father and you know things are a lot different once you have kids and maybe that’s the reason why I change my ways a little bit I mostly feel for the children who no longer have a father,” Clem told 10 News.


2 Responses

  1. tom riley

    to the wifes of the 2 brave men who gave there lives im sorry for ur lost and i hope the money bubba and all of us bubba army meber donate helps u to bubba another awsome job to ur great work u do for tampa tpd hillsbough sheriff and others

  2. jeff knorr

    good job bubba but one question why such a big check

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