Law enforcement officers and partners with the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office could be spotted on the morning of Saturday, May 29 performing an unusual act of public service – bagging groceries.
In an event titled “Baggin’ for Brian”, officers with the sheriff’s office gathered at the Quincy Piggly Wiggly to raise funds for a scholarship named in honor of one of the agency’s former deputies.
In February of this year, Deputy Brian Faison passed away in a battle against COVID-19, leaving behind a legacy that the sheriff’s office said they wanted to continue trying to fill.
Deputy Faison was well-known around the community, and in addition to his public enforcement duties, Faison was the head of security at the local Piggly Wiggly – making the location of the fundraiser all the more relevant.
On the morning of May 29, deputies with the sheriff’s office bagged groceries and solicited donations for the Brian Faison Scholarship Fund – a scholarship that will go towards helping a local high school senior go to college.
It is the hopes of the sheriff’s office and the Faison family that the $1,500 scholarship will be awarded annually; this year, the scholarship will be given to a student graduating from Gadsden County High School, but the scholarship organizers plan to alternate schools each year.
The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office considered the event a success, and volunteers from all ranks of the agency came out to bag groceries and push carts for the patrons.
While the Baggin’ for Brian event has concluded, the sheriff’s office and Faison family will continue to accept donations for the scholarship – donations from the community can be made by sending money electronically through CashApp to either $bigfais15 or $TamiKfaison
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