Silent auction to benefit injured deputy



Proceeds from a silent auction on January 20, 2024, will benefit a Burke County Sheriff’s Office deputy who suffered extensive injuries during an off-duty accident.

Sgt. Steven Kophazy fell approximately 25 feet out of a tree stand while hunting on October 26, and landed on his back. He was able to reach his cell phone and call his wife, Ivey, for help. Kophazy required surgery for his back and also suffered a broken shoulder. Currently, he is receiving rehabilitative services from the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. There are no immediate plans for discharge, but co-organizer Stephanie Sheppard said Steven intends to return to work at the BCSO after he heals.

Kophazy’s sons are 7 years old and 1 month old. The youngest child was only 10 days old when the accident occurred. Ivey, an ER nurse at Burke Health, was on maternity leave.

“Basically, it’s to raise money for any medical or financial needs they have,” said Stephanie Sheppard.

The semi-formal event will be held at First Liberty Market and begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Additionally, the Kophazy family will benefit from the proceeds from a raffle drawing. The winners will be announced during the event. Prizes include a watch, a generator, a Rec Tec grill, a gun safe, and a shotgun. Raffle tickets are $25 each or $80 for four tickets. Raffle tickets can be purchased by calling Kyle Tiller at 706-755-5957. Tickets to attend the event can be purchased at Burke Health or by calling Tiller.

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