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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 4:30 am

Hot dogs, free book bags and a good look at a SWAT team tactical vehicle will be available Saturday in Killeen, as volunteers raise funds for the family of Killeen police officer Juan E. Obregon Jr., who was shot while on duty.

Volunteers will be washing cars and taking donations at Payless Car Sales, 5320 E. Central Texas Expressway, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., said organizer Cat Patino, the general manager of the car dealership.

“We felt that we needed to support our officers,” Patino said.

Obregon was shot in the leg July 13 during a gunfight with a man armed with an AK-47 assault rifle at a Killeen apartment. Officer Robert Hornsby was killed in the shooting.

Jason Petty, a KPD SWAT team leader, said several fundraising events were held for Hornsby’s family — raising tens of thousands of dollars. Now, the close-knit band of police officers are doing what they can to help Obregon, who has had to miss work and is still going through rehabilitation, Petty said.

“Officer Juan Obregon made a huge sacrifice also,” Petty said, adding the department is still dealing with what happened.

“Under the circumstances, we’re doing the best that we can,” he said.

Petty said the SWAT team’s armored vehicle will be on display at Saturday’s event.

Also scheduled to be there: Free hot dogs, water, book bags and ice cream coupons from area businesses and other vendors.

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