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Bubba Raises $53,000 for Families of Slain Officers


Bubba the Love Sponge raises $53,000 for the families of slain Officers Curtis and Kocab.

Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 
            Most people know Bubba Clem due to his radio show Bubba the Love Sponge. Kevin Hayslett of our office, as the Attorney to the Stars, makes a bi-monthly appearance on Bubba’s show. I want to tell you about the Bubba who, through his foundation, Bubba the Love Sponge Foundation, has helped many people.
According to the St. Petersburg Times, in the early hours of July 29, 2010, two dedicated Tampa Police Officers were shot to death during what appeared to be an ordinary traffic stop. David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab were both 31 years of age and have served with the Tampa Police Department for years. Both well respected and loved by their peers and the community.
            While nearly every local law enforcement agency went on an extensive manhunt for the killer, including 200 plus officers and a maximum reward of $75,000 dollars for information leading to the killer’s arrest, local radio personality, Bubba the Love Sponge focused his attention to the surviving family members of the fallen. 
            Officer Kocab left behind a wife, Sara, who was nine months pregnant and went into labor just hours after her Husband’s death. Curtis’s surviving family includes his wife, Kelly, and four young sons, Austin, Sean, Tyler, and Hunter. Mayor Pam Iorio also shared tears with the family members at Tampa General Hospital and also according the St. Petersburg Times, Iorio stated, “It’s just been overwhelming grief inside the hospital. It’s a very bleak day for us in Tampa”.
             A week after the tragic shootings, Bubba Clem set up a fundraiser drive for listeners to donate to the Bubba the Love Sponge Foundation. This non-profit foundation has aided the families of fallen Officers before.
            Today, Sara Kocab and Kelly Curtis will each get a check of in the amount of $26,500, sharing the $53,000 that was raised by listeners of the show, affectionately known as the Bubba Army. The Presentation will be held this afternoon at the Tampa Police Department Headquarters where friends and family, including Police Chief Jane Castor and Bubba Clem plan to attend.
            This is one of those moments where reflections are made. In the wake of a horrible tragedy, instead of anger and retaliation, Bubba Clem and many supporters recognized that the ones hurting the most are the wives and children of the dearly departed. It is moments like this where we can be proud of our fellow Samaritans who reached out and gave a shoulder, a lending hand to help pull them through a truly unfortunate event.
            If you would like to contribute to the foundation, please go to www.btlsfoundation.org or call at 1-888-69bubba. You can also e-mail through charity@btls.com