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Golf event raises funds for law officers in need

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Angelia Castellanos lost her husband, a Sherman police officer, to cancer in 2017. (KTEN) Angelia Castellanos lost her husband, a Sherman police officer, to cancer in 2017. (KTEN)
Golfers raised money for law enforcement officers and their families at the 3rd annual Back the Badge tournament. (KTEN) Golfers raised money for law enforcement officers and their families at the 3rd annual Back the Badge tournament. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Hundreds of golfers at the Denison Country Club participated in the third annual Wheeler and Castellanos Back the Badge Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday.

"It's bigger this year, I think, and to see some of the faces from last year and the first year, it's pretty amazing," said Angelia Castellanos, whose husband -- Sherman police Officer Vince Castellanos -- died of cancer on Christmas Day 2017.

It's not just a fun day of golf, it's also a way to give back.All the money raised at the event goes to the Texoma Back the Badge Foundation, which helps officers and their families in times of need.

"They know I support them, but just to see everybody else support them, too... it just makes me a little more proud to support them," Angelia Castellanos said.

The tournament added the names of Grayson County Sheriff's Department Capt. Rickey Wheeler and Vince Castellanos to the title to honor two Texoma officers who have passed away. Wheeler was also a cancer victim.

Their families are very thankful to be a part of the event.

"It's an honor, honestly, for our family," said Sherry Stoball, a member of Wheeler's family. "I know Ricky's right here with us, but it's just a true honor to feel the support from the community."

"It's just unbelievable the support from the community," said Bill Wheeler. "This community around Denison, they support things that happen like this."

"It's not just because of the name... it's just something that he loved, so I'm a part of it," Angelia Castellanos added. "I've got the goosebumps already; it's just, it's an honor."

Last year, the tournament raised $50,000 for the Back the Badge Foundation, and organizers are hoping this year's event can beat that total.

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