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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro (left), formerly of New Lenox, speaks with retired Fire Department of New York Battalion Commander John LaBarbera on Friday, Sept. 13, during the Midwest BBQ for the Brave at CD&ME in Frankfort. Mary Compton/22nd Century Media
Pat Condon from Frankfort (far right) donates his raffle tickets to Army Spc. Kevin Trimble Friday, Sept. 13, during the eighth annual Midwest BBQ for the Brave held at CD&ME in Frankfort.
Attendees enjoy dinner at the annual event.
Mary Compton, Freelance Reporter
10:42 pm CDT September 15, 2019

It was no coincidence that the eighth annual Midwest BBQ for the Brave was held just days after the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Hundreds of attendees showed up Friday, Sept. 13, at CD&ME to support injured veterans and widows of police officers who were killed in the line of duty.

“I came into this beautiful hall tonight and thought, ‘Americans are the best,’” said Frank Siller, chairman and CEO of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. “We really care.”