NewsSoutheast Valley NewsGilbert News


Joshua Kinnard Foundation holds BBQ event for veterans and first responders

Posted at 8:32 PM, Nov 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-04 16:42:04-05

The fiancée of a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office detention officer who was killed by Gilbert police in a shooting at his home back in February is giving back in his name to help veterans and first responders living with mental health problems.

"I truly feel like this is my purpose," said Maggie Jones.

Maggie Jones started the Joshua Kinnard Foundation. Kinnard was one of the first to be deployed to Iraq in 2001. 

His family telling us was living with mental health issues and PTSD and needed help. He was an MCSO detention officer for 6 years before he was killed.  

His aunt, a retired lieutenant with the sheriff's office says, doing this in Joshua's name is a way to help.

"This is a way that we can give back, our family can give back," said Donna Hudson. 

Rudy's Country Store and BBQ opened up it's three Arizona locations in Gilbert, Chandler, and Goodyear for the fundraiser. Law enforcement served up tasty BBQ working for tips to donate to the foundation. 

The foundation's mission is to raise money to help provide veterans and first responders living with mental health issues the resources they need.

The money raised will also go to help provide meals for first responders and their families for the holidays.

"Our goal is to make sure that we can provide at least 20 to 30 full complete meals for veterans as well as first responders for Thanksgiving and Christmas," said Jones.

To learn more head to the Joshua Kinnard Foundation Facebook page