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Cut-A-Thon held to benefit Highway Patrol Trooper Andrew Steen

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Friends of SD Highway Patrol Trooper Andrew Steen hosted a benefit, Tuesday.

The 34 year-old Trooper is recovering from a broken ankle and head injury he sustained in last month's chase with Rachel Coleman.

The benefit was held at the Artist Hair Studio Salon in Tea.

From hair cuts to bake sales and a silent auction, well over 100 people have supported Steen and his family, throughout the day.

"We're having fun with it and know it's going to a great cause. We're enjoying what we're doing. All the girls wanted to pitch in right away, this is what we know we could do so we're here doing it," salon owner Holly Stauffacher said.

Stauffacher is married to a police officer and knows the importance of supporting those who put their lives on the line. She says that's exactly the reason behind the Andrew Steen Benefit.

"If Andrew can't work for a couple months, couple years, bills don't stop coming. We know we can get him the best health care he can get and hopefully he won't have to worry about finances is going to be great," Stauffacher said.

Other friends of Andrew's agree.

"You don't realize how much people support law enforcement until something tragic happens. If a good thing can come out of this, it's the support, prayers, outpouring of the financial support to help him, you wouldn't guess it, you have to see it to believe it," Trooper Steve Swenson said.

"A lot of people are thinking 'he was working so his bills should be paid for' but you have family members taking time off work. This won't be a 'he's awake great', they're not working so there are bills to be paid," friend Elizabeth Gacke said.

By the turnout, Tuesday, they already know it was a huge success.

For more about Trooper Steen and his recovery, there has been a Facebook page with updates and information:!/pages/Praying-for-Andrew-Steen/217674518363787

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