VAFD Shows its Support for Riley

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Leader Photo by Rodney Williams  Family and friends of Riley joined him at the Van Alstyne Fire Department for a check presentation on Monday. Pictured, from left: Greta Adams, Lt. Caleb Thompson, Riley Sprowl, VAFD Chief Landon Smith and Karla Sprowl.

When the Van Alstyne Fire Department decided to hold their Fore for Fire golf tournament on April 26 it did so with the expressed intent of raising money for Van Alstyne High School student Riley Sprowl, who was paralyzed in a sledding accident on Dec. 11.

Van Alstyne’s firefighters made good on their word Monday as the presented Riley and mom Karla a $5,000 check from proceeds raised at the tournament.

“It was a great tournament; it was amazing all the people who showed up to rupport Riley,” said Karla.

The fire department’s fifth annual golf tournament drew its largest field ever with news that proceeds were going to benefit Riley. There were so many entries, in fact, that organizers had to go rent golf carts elsewhere as The Bridges Golf Club in Gunter ran out of run-abouts.

“It was fun; it was exciting to see all the golfers show up,” said Riley, who sat under a tent on Hole 10 and greeted golfers as they made their way around the course.

Talk of the VAFD’s generosity led Karla to marvel at the compassion and support shown her family since Riley’s accident six months earlier.

“It’s been incredible, all the support people have given us,” said Karla. “It’s been a little overwhelming at times but [Riley] is so grateful.”

“It’s really cool to see the community take me in its arms and embrace me,” said Riley.

Meanwhile, according to Karla, her son continues to get stronger.

“He’s done way more than they said he would do,” she said. “For him to bounce back so quickly, I mean, he went back to school right away.

“He is just thankful that he has people who know and love him.”

Those who want to keep up to date on Riley are invited to go to www.facebook.com/pray4riley.