$58,000 raised for family of fallen Salt River Police Officer Townsend

Rodger Comstock auctioned this custom golf cart on Jan. 17. (submitted photo)

The auction gavel struck not once but twice in honor of Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Police Officer Clayton Townsend and his family on Jan. 17.

Russo and Steele auctioned off a 1994 Club Car DS Golf Cart. The customized cart had a 1957 Chevrolet Body Style and was owned by consigner Rodger Comstock. Mr. Comstock, a former police officer, wanted all proceeds to go to Townsend’s family, according to a release.

Officer Townsend was killed in the line of duty on Jan. 8 when he was struck by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop on Loop 101 near McDowell Road.

“This was really an honor for us at Russo and Steele,” Drew Alcazar, auction president and CEO, said in the release.

“We have been part of the Salt River Community for three years and Officer Townsend was a true hero. We weren’t sure how much would be raised, but what happened here was unprecedented.”

When the final call closed the auction at $30,000, the bidder who bought the golf cart decided to re-donate it back to Russo and Steele so someone else could purchase it—with proceeds going to the Townsend family, according to the release.

The golf cart was sold a second time, for $28,000. A combined total of $58,000 was raised in less than 20 minutes, according to the release.

“It was incredible to witness,” Mr. Alcazar said. “We have waived all fees and commission. Those checks will be written straight to the Townsend family.”

Also in attendance was Chief Karl G. Auerbach for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Police, more than a dozen officers and Officer Townsend’s family.

The Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction is at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick at 7555 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale. Go to russoandsteele.com.

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