Golf cart auction raises $58,000 for family of fallen Salt River officer

Jan 17, 2019, 7:15 PM | Updated: Jan 18, 2019, 8:56 am
(Russo and Steele Photo)...
(Russo and Steele Photo)
(Russo and Steele Photo)

PHOENIX – The charity auction of a custom golf cart Thursday ended with two buyers and $58,000 to benefit the family of fallen Salt River Police Officer Clayton Townsend.

It wasn’t just any golf cart on the block at the Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. It was a 1994 Club Car DS Golf Cart customized with a 1957 Chevrolet body style.

The unique vehicle was donated by Rodger Comstock, a former police officer who wanted to help the family of Townsend, who was struck and killed by a car while conducting a traffic stop on the Loop 101 on Jan. 8.

Several bidders were involved, and the auction initially closed with a winning bid of $30,000, according to a Russo and Steele press release.

In a surprise twist, the winner donated the cart right back to the auction so more money could be raised.

It went for $28,000 the second time, pushing the total to $58,000 raised in under 20 minutes.

More than a dozen members of Townsend’s family were in attendance.

“It was incredible to witness,” Drew Alcazar, the auction’s president and CEO, said in the release. “We have waived all fees and commission. Those checks will be written straight to the Townsend family.”

The Russo and Steele auction continues through Sunday.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Parc Broadway Photos)...

Amenity-filled Parc Broadway apartment community opens in Tempe

Parc Broadway, a new amenity-filled gated apartment community in Tempe, started welcoming residents this month.
9 hours ago
(Photos via Getty Museum)...
Kevin Stone

Treasured de Kooning painting ready for display for first time since 1985 theft in Arizona

A Los Angeles museum will soon display a Willem de Kooning painting for the first time since it was stolen in Tucson nearly 40 years ago.
9 hours ago
Rocket Burger & Subs I 12038 N. 35th Ave. (Yelp photo)...

Celebrate National Hamburger Day with these metro Phoenix restaurants

Saturday is National Hamburger Day, the perfect time to celebrate America's most popular sandwich by grabbing one.
9 hours ago
(Arizona DPS Photo)...

2 suspects arrested after nearly 150 pounds of cocaine found during Arizona traffic stop

Two suspects were arrested after nearly 150 pounds of cocaine were recovered during a traffic stop in Arizona.
1 day ago
(Facebook Photo/Aaron Lieberman)...

Aaron Lieberman suspends campaign for governor of Arizona

Aaron Lieberman announced on Friday that he is suspending his campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor of Arizona.
1 day ago
(File Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)...

43 alleged sexual predators arrested across Valley as part of undercover operation

Federal and local authorities teamed up to 43 arrests as part of an undercover operation targeting alleged sexual predators in metro Phoenix.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Update your child’s vaccines before kindergarten

So, your little one starts kindergarten soon. How exciting! You still have a few months before the school year starts, so now’s the time to make sure students-to-be have the vaccines needed to stay safe as they head into a new chapter of life.
Arizona Division of Problem Gambling

Arizona Division of Problem Gambling provides exclusion solution for young sports bettors

Sports betting in Arizona opened a new world to young adults, one where putting down money on games was as easy as sending a text message.
(Twitter photo / Coco5)...

Suns star Devin Booker’s all-natural sports drink Coco5 perfect for any activity

Devin Booker is leading the Suns in pursuit of their first NBA championship while also working to provide people proper hydration with Coco5.
Golf cart auction raises $58,000 for family of fallen Salt River officer