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Cardinals Use Red And White Practice To Aid Fallen Officer

Fans buy food at the barbecue Saturday prior to the Red and White practice, with all proceeds benefiting the 100 Club of Arizona.
Fans buy food at the barbecue Saturday prior to the Red and White practice, with all proceeds benefiting the 100 Club of Arizona.

Debbie Edenhofer lives across the street from University of Phoenix Stadium, and she tries to come over any time an event is going on.

The Cardinals' Red and White Practice was Saturday, so perhaps that would have been reason enough to attend. There was another reason, one she wishes wasn't true.

Edenhofer's son Tyler, 22, was a DPS trooper who was recently killed in the line of duty. The Cardinals teamed with the 100 Club of Arizona -- a charity that aids the families of fallen first responders -- to raise money for the family of Tyler Edenhofer and two other troopers injured on that same day, Sean Rodecap and Dalin Dorris.

"I'm just amazed and surprised with all the support I've had," an emotional Debbie Edenhofer said. "The community came together. I'm so appreciative. Tyler wouldn't have wanted all of this. He was so humble."

Money was raised through a barbecue outside the stadium before the practice, as well as the money generated by a 50/50 raffle held for fans attending.

"It's great that the team can be a vehicle for the whole community to participate in a fundraiser," Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said. "This is a great opportunity for us to partner with the 100 Club. To me, it's part of being a responsible corporate citizen."

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