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Benefit dinner in support of John Palacios is Friday at Eagles Hall


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Imlay City Police Lt. John Palacios has many friends in the community who have planned a gathering on Friday at the Eagles hall to show their support as he battles an illness.

May 30, 2007
IMLAY CITY — Police Lt. John Palacios has spent his entire adult life in service to his community.

Now his many friends hope to reciprocate during Palacios' time of need.

A veteran Imlay City police officer, school board member and community volunteer, Palacios is currently undergoing treatment for cancer.

While friends say Palacios prefers to avoid attention, they have nevertheless rallied to his aid since he was diagnosed with liver and lung cancer.

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Now they're planning a benefit dinner on his behalf this Friday, June 1 at the Imlay City Eagles Hall.

The event, which runs from 4 p.m. to midnight, includes two dinner seatings (4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.), 50-50 raffles, silent and live auctions and live entertainment.

Scotty McKillop, an Eagles Club member and longtime friend of Palacios, calls the fundraiser a deserving tribute.

"I've been friends with John since high school," says McKillop. "He's helped a lot of people over the years and he has a lot of friends. When they heard of John's problems, a lot of them have stepped up to help. This is our way to pay him back."

A member of the Imlay City Eagles for more than a decade, Palacios is past president of the organization and is currently its treasurer. He has also served as a liaison officer at Imlay City High School, is a licensed EMT and a volunteer for the United Way of Lapeer County.

McKillop says Palacios' generosity and dedication are well-known to his friends and family.

"He's given many years of community service," says McKillop. "All of us feel he is a deserving individual during his time of crisis."

Police Chief Arlan Winslow says Palacios has been an outstanding ambassador for the police department since becoming an officer in 1973.

"John is very dedicated to the department and this community, and he's very good with people," says Winslow. "I've always been able to count on him. I would trust him with my life. We're all pulling for him at the department."

McKillop says that Palacios is planning to attend the fundraiser and offer a prayer around 7 p.m. on Friday.

"As long as he's up to it, he'll be there," says McKillop.

Palacios is a 1969 graduate of Imlay City High School. He is married to wife, Eleanor "Machi," and they have two sons, a daughter and one grandchild.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $20 and may be purchased in advance at the Imlay City Police Department, Imlay City Florist or Imlay City Eagles Hall, or at the door. Donations can be made at the Citizens First Bank in Imlay City.

For more information, call Scotty McKillop at 810-656-3861.

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