HOUSTON - Black and white flags with one blue stripe down the middle flew high in the sky over Baytown Saturday as a community in pain was brought together to honor one man, Assistant Chief Deputy Clint Greenwood.
"He's looking down on us, just smiling. Probably telling us keep up the good work guys," Precinct 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton said.
Thousands of people spent their Saturday cooking up a little Louisiana flavor with the goal of raising money for Greenwood's family.
"We're going to make them tender, real easy to peel; that kind of stuff," cook-off contestant Matthew Flores said.
The bright sun and boiling water mixed up the perfect recipe to make a little money.
"You know everybody wants to win a competition, but we're all out here for one reason. It's to help out family," Flores said.
Caleb Warden sparked the idea for the cook-off and it just exploded from there.
"I didn't expect this," Warden said.
"It sends chills down my back. This right here makes you proud to be an American, be Texans even more."
Eagleton says Greenwood left behind a void that can never be filled.
"Clint was a blessing to the department. He built a foundation, which we're going to continue to build on," Eagleton said.
The healing process will be a long one, but with support like this, he says it's just a little bit easier.
"I'm amazed. I'm so thankful that they came out," Eagleton said. "I guess we'd be tucked away somewhere just grieving. Everybody is bringing us all together, and we're surviving."
Organizers are hoping to raise over a $100,000 for Greenwood's family.
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