Softball in Locust raises money for fire captain
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

Softball in Locust raises money for fire captain

Emergency workers from Locust and surrounding areas came together recently in a fundraising charity softball tournament to help a fire captain with leukemia.

Public safety workers and teachers came together to help one of their own recently, participating in the inaugural Stanly County Public Safety/Teachers Charity Softball Tournament in Locust.

The tournament, played at Jeff Shelton Park in Locust, raised more than $2,300 for the medical bills of Capt. Steven Shaw of the West Stanly Fire Department, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

“It was crazy,” said Shaw. “I’m used to being on the other side of that coin. We have done a couple of benefits and other things for other people in the community. And I’m usually the one doing the planning and helping.

“But this time it was the other way around. It is a humbling experience, for sure. I had a group of prayer warriors behind me.…”

Locust police officer T.J. Smith, who organized this year’s event, hopes next year’s tournament will be even more successful.

“People said, ‘Can’t wait ’til next year,’” said Smith. “They said it was very well run. Next year I’m going to try to add more teams to it and make it a little … broader, where more people can compete.”

Zach Morton is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Zach? Email him at

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