There's an all day benefit in the middle of next week for the wife and daughter of slain Norfolk officer Victor Decker.
There have already been a handful of events for Decker's wife, Dawn, and the couple's young daughter Charlotte since the 25-year-old Decker was found shot in Virginia Beach in late October. This time around all nine of the A.J. Gators in Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake are pledging a cut of sales to go to Decker's family.
The focal point is the downtown Granby Street location - 244 Granby Street - which is a bar along where Decker used to walk a beat. That Gators location will be holding raffles and auctioning off gift certificates in honor of Decker, who made a host of friends in the various waterholes in Norfolk's nightlife district.
My wife works at the downtown location a couple nights a week, and Decker was a consistent, friendly face. He would walk workers to their cars if they worked the late shift just to be safe - gave out his cell phone number to folks just in case they saw anything or needed any help. He embodied the "protect and serve" spirit - always watching out for others, always willing to lend a hand.
The benefit starts at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday and runs until the bars close down at 2:00 a.m.
Here are the locations - Norfolk - 244 Granby Street, 7544 Granby Street.
Chesapeake - 1245 F. Cedar Road, 1464 Mt. Pleasant Road, 4300 Portsmouth Boulevard.
Virginia Beach - 3908 Holand Road, 5218 Fairfield Shopping Center, 1637 Hilltop West Shopping Center, 2947 Shore Drive.