BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
The Spring Hill Fire and Police Departments have decided to donate the more than $18,000 raised during Sudsy’s grand re-opening to the family of Sgt. Daniel Baker, a Dickson County Sheriff’s Deputy who was killed in the line of duty on May 30.
Chief of Police Don Brite and Fire Chief Terry Hood made the announcement Monday evening during a Spring Hill Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, with Brite saying he believed it to be “the right thing to do.”
“Here and now, she still has to survive and raise her kids,” Hood said, speaking about Daniel’s wife, Lisa Baker. “That’s why it was important on our part.”
Of the roughly $18,000 that will be donated to the Baker family, $3,000 will be set aside to cover the family’s visit to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C., where Sgt. Baker is scheduled to have his name inscribed onto the memorial wall next year in May.
Sgt. Baker has close ties to the Spring Hill Police Department. His father, Darryl Baker, is a detective, and his brother-in-law, Evan Bohn, is a police officer, both at the Spring Hill Police Department.
“[Sgt. Baker] died in the line of duty, so he made that ultimate sacrifice,” Brite said. “It’s just our way of giving support back to [Lisa].”
Sudsy’s Car Wash grand re-opening was a huge success, with Hood calling the support from the community “amazing.”
The $18,000 raised during the re-opening was a combination of revenue from car washes and donations, with Autobody Advantage of Spring Hill donating $1,000 on Friday.
“No matter what dollar amount it was, people were giving $1, $20, $100… every dollar was just as important,” Brite said. “I’d just like to thank everyone in the community and those who came to support this cause, [and] we appreciate their support that they gave back.”