Pancake dinner to benefit ill police officer

By Dean Palmer - Special to the News

Captain Michael Palmer, in a picture shot last year.

Dean Palmer

A pair of local groups will be joining together to host a night of food and fellowship in support of a local police officer suffering from cancer.

The Presbyterian Men of First Presbyterian Church in Pilot Mountain are joining with the Pilot Mountain Ruritan Club to organize a community pancake and sausage supper on Tuesday evening, March 21, with all proceeds to benefit Captain Michael Palmer. The event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center, located adjacent to Key Street at 202 South Stephens Street.

Palmer was diagnosed with cancer in early December and has been unable to work since that time. He has served the town since 1988 and assumed the role of captain after former Captain Jeff Johnson’s retirement last year.

The Tuesday meal will consist of pancakes and sausage accompanied by beverage, all on a donations-only basis.

Planning for the fundraiser began after a suggestion from Pilot Mountain Ruritan Club Treasurer Wanda Fulk.

“I’ve known Sue Palmer (Michael Palmer’s wife) for years and years,” Fulk explained. “I knew that she had taken a leave of absence from her work. I felt like they needed help and we could be a part of that.”

During the early stages of planning the evening, Fulk had talked with Dickie Crump who owns The Sandwich Shop, better known locally as the “Squeeze Box,” about the possibility of a food donation. Crump, a member of The Presbyterian Men, suggested taking the idea of co-sponsoring the evening to that group.

“I brought it to our men,” Crump noted, “and they were enthusiastically all for it. Michael Palmer grew up in our church and his mother and father are longtime members who still attend today. We’re glad to be able to be a part of this.”

“We already use the facility at First Methodist Church 6 or 7 times each year to do this for the Young Life group,” he continued. “So, even though we’re hoping it’s on a much bigger scale, we felt like we’d be able to bring some expertise to this. And we’re constantly looking for ways to help out in our community. We consider this to be a part of our mission.”

Donations for Palmer will also be accepted at Clyde Fulk Exxon and at the Squeeze Box, both located on Main Street.

“We think it’s wonderful to be able to work together with another group to do something for someone who means so much to this community,” Fulk noted. “And hopefully one day, if it’s the Lord’s will, we’ll all be able to see him out patrolling our streets again.”

Captain Michael Palmer, in a picture shot last year. Michael Palmer, in a picture shot last year. Dean Palmer

By Dean Palmer

Special to the News

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