In Florida, Levy County Sheriff's Lt. Scott Finnen raises money for charity in a really unique way: by teaching concealed carry classes. “Finnen had raised more than $20,000 for families in need, his church and other causes by conducting classes needed to earn a state concealed weapons permit,” the Gainesville Sun reported.
“As a training officer at the Sheriff's Office, I have to teach first aid, I have to teach CPR. But you don't have to pay me to work on the range,” Finnen said. “The classes are growing. Every time I do one, people call me and want to help.”
Finnen first taught a carry class to help others in October 2009, when a mother of five, who was a member of his church, was accidently killed while jogging. The class raised $5,000 for the woman’s family.
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“With the success of the first class, Finnen held another when his friend, Dixie County Sheriff's Capt. Chad Reed, was shot and killed in January by a man who was fleeing Hernando County after allegedly shooting several people there. Pickett Weaponry of Newberry contributed by donating profits from a gun sale, he added.”
“We did one of the largest pistol classes around, and we raised over $8,000,” Finnen explained. “When I put the word out for Chad, lots of people wanted to help. The money went to his children's funds for college and other needs.”
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