Benefit auction for Heather Russell

Heather Russell, 42, of Poteau has taken care of others as a nurse at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, Ark., for 17 years. About three months ago, she was in need of life-saving care after suffering a stroke. Russell is the wife of Poteau Assistant Chief of Police Greg Russell.A benefit auction will be hosted by the Poteau Police Department on July 26 at 2 p.m. at the Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center in Poteau. Also available during the auction is a $5 burger basket including chips and a drink. All proceeds will help with associated medical costs. If you would like to donate auction items or would like more information contact Poteau Police Lt. Gary Ford at (918) 647-8620.