GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The community continues to rally together for a Gulfport police officer who is lucky to be alive. Officer Shawn Williams has been in the hospital since mid-July after suffering a stroke from a brain aneurysm.
Sunday was a day of baking for several agencies that are supporting the Williams family in this time of need.
Members and loved ones of the Gulfport Police Department, Harrison County Sheriff's Office and Biloxi Police Department came together in honor of Williams, who's known as cupcake.
"Shawn loves cupcakes. So, they nicknamed him cupcake. And in order to do something, we decided to make cupcakes for cupcake. It kind of makes sense," Kristin Stachura Allen said.
It makes plenty of sense, and those on team cupcake are preparing over 1,400 cupcakes decorated with William's badge number for people who made preorders in support of the fundraiser.
"We want to show Shawn that our motto is in our family nobody fights alone, and that's what we talk about when we say the thin blue line. Family is family," Allen said.
Williams has been a part of Allen's family ever since he joined the police department in 2007.
"Both of my brothers are in law enforcement. Williams and my brother were area partners for several years, and they're family," Allen said.
With such a great turn out, team cupcake says it shows how great of a man Williams is known to be, and how much respect the community has for those who wear a badge with love, to protect and serve.
"The fact that we see the result of this, and how it's going to affect that family, that's what it's really all about. At the end of the day, all the cupcakes and fun and everything else, that's what makes us smile. That's why we're all here," Brent Chapius said.