Warsaw Police Officer Honored at Benefit Concert

By Chris Erick

Warsaw Police Officer Honored at Benefit Concert

June 18, 2010 Updated Mar 30, 2008 at 5:00 PM EDT

Terry Polston, a 32 year veteran of the Warsaw Police Department developed lung cancer in 2002. The 17 year D.A.R.E officer who dedicated his life to helping children of all ages avoid the dangers of substance abuse had never smoked a cigarette his whole life.

When some of his students found out that after several years of remission, Officer Polston, lovingly known as O.P., would be resuming his cancer treatment for the fourth time, they decided to hold a benefit concert for him at Warsaw High School. All of the proceeds from the March 29th concert were donated to a special fund at the Mutual Federal Bank of Warsaw to recoup some of his medical expenses.

A local band named the Troubadors and a Christian Rock band from Nashville, both with members whose lives were impacted by Officer Polston not only played free of charge but also donated all proceeds from thier merchandise sales for the night. By the end of the night, the Officer Polson fund was doubled, reaching nearly $9000.

While that money is only a fraction of what Officer Polston has incurred during his fight against cancer, the outpouring of love and support from a community he has dedicated his life to serve may be the best gift yet.

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