Tega Cay officer loses all in fire

TEGA CAY — One of the smiling faces around Tega Cay is Sgt. Buddy Spence of the Police Department. He reaches out to others on a regular basis and this month, he has been gathering toys and clothing for children in need.

On Friday, Buddy himself became someone in need. While he was working, he lost everything when his mobile home in York burned.

"He really only had the uniform on his back," said Capt. Dave Nelson of the Tega Cay Police Department. "I am glad that he was not at home. We are lucky. He did not have insurance, so we are reaching out to the community to ask for some assistance for this officer."

Nelson said that "in a rather short amount of time, we had donated clothing for Buddy. Some of the officers are covering Buddy's shifts so that he could go to West Virginia to spend some time with his family after this," said Nelson.

The Tega Cay Fire Department had a meeting the next morning, took up a collection and donated more than $600 to help Buddy. "He is a smiling face in town," said Ed Fitzgerald, a volunteer at the fire department.

"Buddy lost everything, so gift cards for him to replace dishes, household items, and groceries are suggested," Nelson said. "A Tega Cay resident has offered temporary housing, but he will need to find a new home. We will accept financial donations, or donations of household goods and furniture at the police station."

How to Help

If you would like to drop off or mail a donation, send to:

Buddy Spence

c/o Tega Cay Police Department

4 Tega Cay Drive

Tega Cay, SC 29708

From www.charlotte.com