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Benefit for Archer City Police Chief Takes Place on Sunday

Archer City's chief of police, Joe Burton, has been battling stage 4 colon cancer for the past two years. A benefit in his honor today was put together in order to raise funds to send him to MD Anderson in Houston for treatment.
People from all over the area gathered in Archer City on Sunday to support Archer City's police chief who has been battling stage 4 colon cancer for the past two years.

The benefit took place in order to raise money to send Chief Burton to MD Anderson in Houston for treatment.

Archer city police chief Joe Burton has been battling cancer for about two years, and has continued to serve his community as he's been battling the disease.

Hundreds gathered at Archer City High School to show the chief their support Sunday.

From Wichita Falls to Olney, several law enforcement representatives were there to support the chief.

"I've known Joe for a long time and worked with him on different things and we just wan to support him," says Wichita Falls' Sergeant John Spragins.  

In August of 2012, Chief Burton was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.

As Olney police Chief Barry Roberts knows, as the chief of a small town all you can do is put on a brave face.

"I know it's gotta be a different task because hes gotta deal with issues here in town but he's also dealing with his personal health and it's gotta be tough on his wife and his family, I guess that's part of the warrior spirit that comes with law enforcement. You go well I'm gonna do everything I'm gonna fight to make it," Chief Roberts says. 

That's exactly what Chief Burton's daughter, Brynn, says her dad's doing. She says it's the support of the community that's helping him get through his fight.

"It's nice to see the support of the community. He has like a whole different attitude, he's feeling really good right now," Brynn Burton says. 

Brynn says they may have raised what they needed on Sunday in order to send the chief to MD Anderson. 

There are also two more raffles going on for a twelve gauge shot gun and a Yeti cooler. The drawing for those two items will take place on July 14th and the tickets are five dollars each or five for twenty. You can pick tickets up for the raffle at the Archer Feed and Garden Store in Archer City. 

You can also make donations for Chief Burton at American National Bank and Trust in Archer City. All you have to do is specify that the donation is for Chief Joe Burton. 


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