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Student Donates Another $500 to Injured Officer

Kevin Hughes partners with car wash to help Officer Bob Franco.

Kevin Hughes’ mission is complete.

Hughes, a student at Wayne Valley High School, recently gave $1,400 to Officer Bob Franco as part of his Help a Hero campaign.

Franco suffered a severe spinal cord injury when a tree fell on the vehicle he was in during superstorm Sandy. He nearly died in the vehicle but police officers and firefighters extricated him. He rehabilitated and recovered quickly.

Franco has received donations from several residents, community organizations and businesses, including $25,000 from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. Franco is expected to return to duty.

Hughes’ family is friends with Franco.

Hughes sold hundreds of candy canes last winter to raise $900.  He also partnered with Lincoln Wayne Car Wash. The business donated $5 for every gift card purchased in January. They donated the additional $500.

“I’m so proud of the way the town reacted to what happened to Bob,” Hughes said. “I received donations from across the country. It’s not just what one person can do it’s about what one town and one high school can do.”

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Nose Wayne February 22, 2013 at 08:58 PM
This is what makes the township of Wayne such a great place to live . Neighbor helping neighbor.Great job Kevin.
Pad February 24, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Kevin needs to be commended on the task he has understaken to raise money for the Franco family. Teens today are often given a bad rap but that is been since the beginning of time. There are so many good teens doing so much good in the world and thier accomplishments are often overshadowed by a few of thier bad apple peers. Keep up the good work Kevin and you will be blessed and in the future good things will always happen for you. Stay focused!
Leila Oxford February 25, 2013 at 03:12 AM
I think it is wonderful how the entire community has come together for the Franco family. Wouldn't it be nice if people could go out of their way like this without a life altering event taking place? To Kevin and all the local businesses that contributed thank you for making this a better community. God Bless Officer Franco and may he recover fully.

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