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Raffle benefits ISP trooper with cancer

Published On: Dec 28 2012 11:48:59 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 29 2012 12:17:57 AM CST
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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Troopers put their lives on the line every day, but now one Idaho state trooper needs help saving his life.

Sgt. Kevin Bennett has been an ISP trooper for 15 years and he is now battling cancer. When his co-workers found out about the diagnosis, there was no question he would do it alone.

"He's really involved in his church, loves kids and overall loves working for the state police," said Trooper Chris Donahue.

Bennett was diagnosed with bone cancer a few months ago, and with tough treatment comes big bills.

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Donahue donated a shotgun to raffle off.

"It was handed down from my dad and his uncle. It's a valuable item. I just decided 'you know what, I want to donate that and try to get some money and generate so we can help Kevin out,'" said Donahue.

Soon after Donahue's donation, Ed Santos of Center Target Sports heard about the the raffle and donated a $600 handgun.

"He's an officer in need and we're going to do everything we can to help provide that support," said Santos.

Another anonymous donor also gave a revolver.

The raffle tickets are selling quickly and have brought in thousands of dollars. The tickets are selling for $5 apiece and can be bought until Jan. 11. The winners will be announced on Jan. 25. For more information, call the ISP office.

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