BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Veteran Bay St. Louis Police Officer Robert O'Neal - a man who has dedicated his life to fighting crime - is now in a fight for his life.
The 24-year law enforcer, and married father of two, is battling cancer.
O'Neal is expected to be off work for at least 10 weeks following various medical procedures. With one daughter graduating high school and another heading off to college, the financial burden of medical bills stands to impact his family's budget.
The community has rallied around O'Neal, raising nearly $5,000 on his Go-Fund-Me account. Additionally, a benefit event is planned for Saturday, March 26 at Lil Joe's Restaurant, located at 128 Blaize Ave. directly across the street from the historic train depot.
The benefit will include a silent auction, live entertainment, and fish and bbq plates with plenty of side items.
There will also be a corn hole tournament, and raffles. Prizes include a Bushmaster XM15 with Reddot, and a handmade motorcycle rocking horse.
The benefit will begin at noon. For more information contact Lil Joe's at 228-466-5050 .