Obion community raises money for families of missing boaters

March 11, 2020

 

In late February three boaters went missing after a fishing trip in Pickwick Lake and now the entire community is coming together to raise money for their families.

 

Blue and red hats, bracelets, t-shirts, and ribbons are all across Obion county.

 

These colors represent the three missing boaters.

 

After they went missing their community wanted to make sure the search continued and the families did not worry about finances.

 

“We toyed around for a couple of days, and said let’s see what happens. And I put on the troy fire department facebook page who would be on board and got immediate support", says Troy Fire Captain, Brandon Baldwin.

 

Local organizations and businesses have held a number of fundraisers to help the families.

 

The Troy Fire Department decided to sell boston butts.

 

“We are trying to get as many as we can to give these families as much hope as we can with financial burdens right now", says Baldwin.

 

One community member says that this has affected the entire county.

 

Obion County resident, Allison Baldwin, “well these fishermen, they attend school with my son and little Ken has went to elementary school with my oldest son.”

 

But she is glad to see everyone come together to help.

 

“It’s heart warming, it’s very heart warming seeing the community come together the students come together", says Baldwin.

 

You can also donate to these families at First Citizens National Bank through the 'Friends of Fishermen' account. In Troy, for 39 News, I’m Imani Williams.

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