Co-workers of severely injured San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow are holding a benefit barbeque from noon until 8 p.m. Wednesday at an American Medical Response office in San Jose.
Stow, 42, of Santa Cruz, suffered a skull fracture in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium after the Giants-Dodgers home opener Thursday. He is currently being treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where a prayer vigil also is planned for Wednesday night.
“We can’t be at his side, but we want to support him any way we can,” said Daniel Franklin, an operations manager for AMR, where Stow has worked as an EMT since 2005. “He’s a guy you want on your team, and everyone at work knows he’s a die-hard Giants fan.”
Franklin said a local company donated 500 pounds of sausage for the event, which is open to the public. He said a silent auction will also be held, along with T-shirt, hat and bracelet sales. The event is being held at 1670 Las Plumas Avenue at the main AMR Santa Clara County office.
Franklin also directed those who wish to donate to Stow’s recovery to an official fund set up at the San Francisco Police Credit Union; 1495 S. El Camino Real; San Mateo, CA 94402. Anyone wishing to donate can do so to account No. 1377733. Online donations can also be made at www.sfpcu.org.
On Tuesday, the Giants announced that the team will dedicate its first home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers April 11 in honor of Stow. Donations will be collected at the gates before the game to add to $10,000 already donated by the team.
San Francisco Police Chief Jeff Godown said Monday he may staff more police officers at AT&T Park during the upcoming Dodger-Giants series next week. While no arrests have been made in the attack on Stow, the L.A. City Council voted Tuesday to add $50,000 to the existing $50,000 reward being offered by the Dodgers, Giants, L.A. County and Stow’s employer for information leading to an arrest.
The suspects are described as two shaven-headed Latino men in their late teens or 20s and those with information are being encouraged to call LAPD at (213) 847-4261.