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Restaurants rally for injured deputy

POSTED: June 14, 2014 12:04 a.m.

CUMMING — It wasn’t long after last week’s attack on the Forsyth County Courthouse before the community started reaching out to help.

First, a BB&T bank account was established to raise money to help Forsyth County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Rush, who was injured in the gunfight with the shooter.

Now, area businesses are holding special events to raise additional funds for Rush, who has been credited with preventing the shooting from becoming much worse.

On Monday, Zaxby’s on Canton Highway will donate 10 percent of its profits between 10:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. to Rush’s fund.

“Dan is one of my regular customers,” said Dennis Dyon, general manager. “I’ve known the guy for four or five years.

“When something like this happens, it’s traumatic. He came in a few times a week ... he’d come over and get his chicken finger plate with an extra Zax sauce and we’d talk for a few minutes.”

On Thursday, Cici’s Pizza on Ronald Reagan Boulevard will donate a portion of its proceeds from 4 to 9 p.m. to Rush’s account.

On June 23, Chick-fil-A on Atlanta Road will donate proceeds from 5 to 9 p.m.

And June 26, from 4 to 11 p.m., Beef O’Brady’s on Freedom Parkway will contribute to the fund.

Dyon said when he first found out about the shooting, he was horrified and surprised. But after learning one of his regulars was the injured deputy, his “concerns went out right away.”

“I just wanted to do whatever I could to help the man out,” he said. “To me, he’s a hero.”

Sheriff Duane Piper was pleased to learn of the efforts for Rush.

“It’s comforting to see the community’s response and support for our deputy who was injured protecting our community,” he said.


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