Standing up for a soldier


Members of the Madisonville American Legion take care of their own.

The group sold plates of fried catfish on Saturday for $8 each so they could contribute toward the medical expenses of Madisonville resident Bobby Garrett, who recently had an emergency appendectomy.

Michele Sims, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary and a bartender at the Legion Hall on North May Street, said fundraisers are held annually, and while Garrett is a Legion member, the recipient does not necessarily have to be.

“If a need comes up, we’ll do it for anyone in the community,” Sims said.

American Legion Commander Terry Amundson said the group hoped to raise about $1,200. Brookshire Brothers and Wal-Mart donated supplies such as spices, said Legion member Don Grooms. Legion members even caught the fish at a nearby lake in Bedias.

Garrett, who turns 62 this month, said he was pleased that his “brothers” offered to raise funds for his medical expenses. He owes more than $6,000, he said.

The father of four and grandfather of 12 still works as an oil field supervisor.

“I feel pretty good,” Garrett said. “They chose to do this. I didn’t ask for this. I was actually kind of surprised.”