Vidor police officer starts GoFundMe page for bagpiper in need of new gear

A Vidor police officer is raising money for Officer Jeff Courts, who has been playing the bagpipes for 28 years

VIDOR - Officer Jeff Courts with the Vidor Police Department was seen playing his bagpipes after a Vidor Pirates football game. He's also played at law enforcement funerals, military funerals and other events for the last 28 years.

He's kept the same gear throughout that time.

"The funerals and stuff, it's what I do. It's my duty to do the things that I do. I've always purchased my own stuff but it's getting a little old, getting a little worn out, and I like to look my best to honor these people who have fallen in the line of duty," Officer Courts said.

That's why Sergeant Rodney Johnson with the Vidor Police Department set up this GoFundMe account to help an officer who always looks out for others.

"Jeff has given a lot to his community and public service in general, so he was excited to see that the funds were coming in as quick as they have," Sergeant Johnson said.

Yet, Officer Courts remains humble.

"I don't feel I deserve it it's just a small thing I do to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice," he said.

He says the new gear will drive his devotion to continue playing.

"I could never fathom or contemplate stop playing the pipes, it's a part of me. It's a part of my soul I could never give it up, ever,” Officer Courts said.

The GoFundMe page has gained nearly half of it's $5,000 goal since it was posted last week.

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