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Fundraiser tonight for injured Forsyth sheriffs deputy
Struck by vehicle while directing school traffic
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Forsyth County News

NORTH FORSYTH — Plans are under way for a dinner to benefit the Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputy who is recovering from serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle last month.

The event for Tony Hodgkins is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in the cafeteria at North Forsyth High School, where he served as a school resource officer.

Guests will be served spaghetti and dessert while having the chance to participate in a silent auction for items ranging from gift baskets and cards to a small refrigerator.

Local restaurants and businesses — Provino’s, Carrabba’s, Ferguson’s, Wilkes, Costco, BJ’s and Leonard’s, among others — are providing the food.

Tickets are $5 and available in advance at the North’s front desk or at the door on Nov. 11.

Organizers said Hodgkins will try to be there, depending on his health.

Proceeds will go to help cover the medical expenses Hodgkins has incurred since he was injured Oct. 27 while directing traffic on Hwy. 369 in front of Coal Mountain Elementary School.

Hodgkins was wearing his yellow reflective coat and directing traffic in front of the elementary school with an orange baton on the morning of the collision, according to the sheriff’s office.

He was discharged from the hospital later that same day with serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was referred to surgeons for what likely will be several surgeries.

Hodgkins handles morning traffic duties for nearby Coal Mountain in addition to his school resource officer role at North, sheriff’s officials have said. He also is involved in the sheriff’s office Explorer Program.

Robin Regan, a spokesman for the agency, said Hodgkins is being treated for his injuries under workers’ compensation laws, but the fundraising effort by North can only help.

To buy advance tickets or for more information, contact Amy Leggett at (706) 982-1704 or