FULTON, Ill. — Several co-workers of Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department Telecommunicator Vicky Stoecker are holding a fundraising benefit in her honor on Saturday at Johnnie’s Tap in Fulton.

The benefit will kick off at noon and go until 10 p.m. Several activities are planned for the day, such as a hog roast, beer garden, live auction, 50/50 raffle and live music provided with DJ music during the afternoon and the band “Sleeping on the Couch” playing from 7 to 10 p.m.

Stoecker was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2006. She has been off work for several months while undergoing treatment. She and her family incurred lots of medical expenses over the past several months that were not covered by insurance. When the question arose of what to do to help her out, one of the benefit planning committee members said it only took a matter of minutes before ideas of a fundraiser started into motion.

“We thought when someone calls 911 in an emergency and Vicky’s voice is on the other end of the line reassuring people that help is coming. And now it’s Vicky that needs our help and we intend to do our best to help her,” the committee wrote in a press release. “You won’t find a more devoted wife, mother and co-worker than Vicky. She always comes to work with a smile.”

Stoecker is married and has three daughters. The fundraising committee is encouraging people in the area to stop in and enjoy a good time.