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Prayer vigil in Benton City

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BENTON CITY, Wash. - The Benton City Community is pulling together to raise money for a beloved coach and community leader who's fighting for his life.

Tonight they held a prayer vigil for Joe Petty and more than 100 people attended.  The community prayed and raised money for his family.  Petty suffered from a cardiac arrest on Monday and is now fighting for his life at the Kadlec Medical Center in Richland.

Petty is a long time community member and coach for the Grid Kids, a youth football program in Benton City. The community says Petty is a selfless man and would do anything to help those in need.  "I consider him the heart of Benton City.  We couldn't have done our events we have done without him.  He's been the main guy who got things done and volunteered for absolutely everything here," said Randy Rutledge, a long time friend. 

Petty is 37 years old and married with two kids.  The community has opened a bank account for the family at US Bank and will have a car wash at Benton City Duds on Sunday.  All proceeds will go to the family.