KNOXVILLE - The family of Officer Kenny Moats was honored at a benefit concert in West Knox County Friday night.
The venue, Back Porch on the Creek, along with country music star Trace Adkins presented Moat’s wife and children with a $10,000 check.
The concert was also a way to pay appreciation to law enforcement as a whole. Officers who showed their badge at the gate received free admission.
"Officers, especially young officers, don't have a lot of money, so this might be something they wouldn't afford to do, a little stress relief for them, and comaradery,” said Officer Mark Taylor.
One dollar from each ticket sold was also donated to the Fraternal Order of Police.
Taylor serves as the president of the Knoxville/Knox County Fraternal Order of Police. He says he had always planned to be present at the concert with his group, but after last week’s shooting, the purpose changed.
“It really touches home, Maryville is just down the street from us, a lot of our guys know a lot of their guys,” said Taylor. "It’s hard sometimes to focus and remind yourself that most people support you and that's the truth.”
Among the drink and food vendors were booths backing the blue.
"Sharing compassion for officers through tributes,” said Adrian Hamby of the SCOTT Foundation. “We try to help families or officers that have been injured or killed in the line of duty.”
The SCOTT Foundation knows the difficulty a loss can bring.
"My father-in-law Scott Crisp was a US Air Marshal, also an Anderson County deputy, and was killed in an accident in 2013, and my mother-in-law shortly after started the organization,” Hamby said.
Other donations for the family were collected throughout the night as well. Those amounts have not been disclosed.
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