Tourney hits home run

By Jimmy Alford | Published Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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Sometimes out of tragedy comes hope, kindness – and in Decatur, a great softball tournament.

Battling the Texas heat Saturday, July 13, 16 softball teams duked it out at Renshaw Park to raise $7,010. The money will help Decatur Police Sgt. Delvon Campbell and his family recover from a devastating June house fire.

It s Outta Here

IT’S OUTTA HERE – Decatur Police Officer Delvon Campbell hit his first home run of the day in the police versus firefighters softball game during a charity softball tournament Saturday, July 13, at Renshaw Park. The tournament raised money to help Campbell recover after his family’s home burned. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

The Campbells’ daughter, Addison, threw the day’s first pitch. Team Bad Boys remained undefeated to secure the championship, beating the Bridgeport Police Department’s team “Taze This.”

BPD slugged their way out of the losers bracket by winning eight straight after losing the first game.

Decatur Police Officer Victor Monjaraz, who organized the event, said the Bridgeport team just ran out of gas.

While the Bad Boys were the day’s champs, the real winners were the Campbell family. Their Bowie home caught fire June 3 and the ensuing blaze took all the family possessions.

“The day it happened the Chief and Delvon had gone to Huntsville to pick up a prisoner. Delvon got the call on the way back,” Monjaraz said. “Luckily no one was hurt. His wife and little girl were there when it happened and had gone outside and called 911. Sure enough, the whole roof was on fire and they ended up losing everything.”

Monjaraz said Campbell is a true steward to the community, helping with the Citizen’s Police Academy, Santa Cops, and the Explorers Program.

“My partner and I were thinking about this and said we need to do something for this guy,” Monjaraz said. “He does so much for the community. We had gone to Randy White’s tournament in Bridgeport, we decided this was a good idea.”

Delvon’s wife, Ashley, said the incredible outreach from the community amazed her.

“Words can’t really express how grateful we are and how overwhelming all the generosity is and how humbling it all is,” she said. “You don’t realize how much people care until something like this happens.”

The family’s church in Bowie has provided a temporary home until they are able to get back on their feet. Of course, while they can replace much of what was lost, some things were too precious.

“You have to try to remember everything that was in your home,” Delvon Campbell said. “You have to remember how much it cost when you bought it and how much it’ll cost to replace.

“A lot of things, you just can’t do that with – we had some hand-made quilts her grandmother made. Both sets of our grandparents are dead, and that stuff was priceless.”

Police Chief Rex Hoskins handed over a check to the Campbells Tuesday. Hoskins said the department plans on turning this softball tournament into an annual event to raise scholarship money for students seeking a career in criminal justice.

Anyone still interested in donating to the Campbell family can call the Decatur Police Department at (940) 393-0300.

The day’s events also saw a brand-new grill donated by Lowe’s and won in a raffle by Satasha Kostelecky, of Decatur. An iPhone dock donated by CVS was won by Eddie Leavell of Boyd.

Helping Out

HELPING OUT – Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins, left, hands the Campbells a check for $7,010.77 raised by Saturday’s softball Tournament. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

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