“He is still currently hospitalized, and soon to be facing several months of rehab and intense therapy”

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Thanks to a reader for passing on the sad news about this fundraiser for this officer who helped out a reader back in June. The GoFundMe page says:

“Washington DC Metropolitan Police Officer William R. was recently struck by a high speed vehicle on a ramp of the interstate as he had stopped to render assistance to a stranded motorist on the side of the road. Officer R. had already exited his car when he was hit as a pedestrian by a motorist, severely dislocating and shattering a major portion of his hip. Officer R. was immediately airlifted to a Washington Trauma Center where he underwent two extremely complex surgeries three days apart to stabilize and repair his extensive injuries. He is still currently hospitalized, and soon to be facing several months of rehab and intense therapy to begin his long road of recovery, during which time financial pressures will grow. Donations to help offset current and future financial pain for this dedicated, brave Officer and 6 year veteran of the police force, are needed and very much appreciated.

We are hoping that his medical bills will be covered by his employer. This campaign will help to offset the new and additional “out of the norm” expenses that will require him to pay for someone to assist with the many daily functions of living alone that he can no longer do for himself in the coming months – like walking the dog, mowing the lawn, cleaning his house, grocery shopping, shoveling snow, car maintenance, and a vast array of appointments for which he must now pay for transportation. Officer R’s family lives in New Jersey and as he lives alone, this campaign will assist him in meeting these unforeseen additional life expenses during the coming months.

We strive to make his recovery as stress free as possible in getting him back to all the things he loves that makes him, him; an avid nutrition & (daily) gym buff that maintains incredible physical fitness and member of Fitcops, most amazing guitar player, German Shephard Daddy to his purebred Zack and most importantly, the amazing and dedicated police officer that he is, who LOVES his work more than anything and can’t wait to get back to it. Whether you know Officer R. personally or not, or are a fellow officer near or far, or someone that just wants to be a part of his support group, etc…Please consider making a contribution to this fundraiser, as well as sharing it, for an extremely dedicated and most courageous officer, knowing you will be assisting this heroic officer through his lengthy recovery during his time of need. Thank you all in advance for your ongoing prayers and support.

***For privacy purposes of the officer and his family, his last name will not be shown***”

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  • Is William R. the cop shown in the photo here? Or is this just an unrelated DC police officer?

    • No, I think it IS him! This is the worst news. I hope he recovers and is able to get back to the force.

      • Oh, that’s too bad. That officer had quite a bit of um, admiration from PoPville folks.

        • Precisely why I asked. I was ready to go rob a bank so he could put me in handcuffs. This is terrible news (and obviously would be even if he were not so good looking).

  • Tsar of Truxton

    ***For privacy purposes of the officer and his family, his last name will not be shown*** Except the creator, has the person’s full name in the “on behalf of” section of her profile.

    • That could be his middle name. The creator seems to have listed herself with a first and middle name.

      • I’m not clear what “privacy” aspects would make it necessary to conceal the officer’s last name in the first place.
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        I always worry about funding campaigns like this. How do you know that the money is actually going to the stated cause, and that it’s not just someone who heard about a person’s plight and set up a GoFundMe/Kickstarter to raise funds _supposedly_ on that person’s behalf, but not actually?

        • Also, as someone who works with public sector unions, I find it hard to believe that a police officer wouldn’t have sufficient healthcare coverage and additional AFLAC-like services to fully cover an officer’s needs. On top of that, most FOPs or other groups have funds to help out officers and their families in times of need. I think this is weird.

  • I hate to be a wet blanket, but why doesn’t DC / MPD pay in full for on the job injury??

    • This is Awkward

      OP states above that this is for the “above and beyond” costs.

      Curious if OP is leading a way for folks to help out with the tasks themselves? I understand the myriad issues this could create with privacy, dealing with strange folks coming to or into your home…but just thinking that while many may not have extra cash, they may live near the officer and be happy to help with labor/tasks.

    • This does strike me as very odd. My BIL is a cop (in a different city) and if, God forbid, anything happened to him on the job, the job would cover the fuck out of it, and then there’s the union, and that’s leaving aside the FOP and his own coworkers. Public safety officers are basically the people least likely to need this kind of support, given that their job descriptions unfortunately anticipate work-related injuries and they have networks set up to manage the consequences.

      I hope this officer makes a full and speedy recovery, but this smells off.

      • Right – I would expect that given the risks inherent to the job, there would be zero financial risk put on the officers. As in, everything would be paid for – even the peripherals associated with loss of mobility. If that’s not the case, then we should change laws.
        Our officers shouldn’t need charity – this should be an entitlement.

        • Accountering

          I agree.

        • HaileUnlikely

          I agree with you that what you say “should be” true, admittedly have no idea whether it actually is true, but do have some general concerns that something is awry for reasons others discuss above.

    • Yeas, seriously !! The poor guy was hit while doing his job. There is NO way MPD will not foot 100% of the bill.

      • Keep in mind that MPD doesn’t control things like officer health insurance benefits. That is established in law by the Council. If i remember correctly, back in 2009 during the fiscal crisis, the Council cut funding for health insurance benefits for District employees across the board — including for performance of duty injuries. Chief Lanier and the FOP had to fight to have that changed and then find the money to pay for it in the existing budget.

        • If you click on the link… “We are hoping that his medical bills will be covered by his employer. This campaign will help to offset the new and additional “out of the norm” expenses that will require him to pay for someone to assist with the many daily functions of living alone that he can no longer do for himself in the coming months – like walking the dog, mowing the lawn, cleaning his house, grocery shopping, shoveling snow, car maintenance, and a vast array of appointments for which he must now pay for transportation.”

          • Just realized you don’t even have to click on the link because it’s right there in the story. I’m sure his insurance/MPD is paying for doctors but anyone who gets sick/hurt knows there are more than just doctor’s bills to worry about when you are out of commission for a period of time.

        • But this should/will be covered by workers comp, which is different from health insurance.

  • I think the money is for long-term/in-home care, which usually isn’t covered by any insurance.

  • Hey y’all! I don’t know if you guys remember a few years ago when a MPD officer got hit by a stolen car and they had to wait twenty minutes for a PG COUNTY ambulance to come and take him to the hospital. That officer needed a lot of help for the bills that the department wouldn’t cover. Specialists, baby sitters, and that stuff. LEO’s make their money off of Overtime and part time gigs, but whenever I or anyone I get hurt we revert back to our base pay with no OT, shift allowances, or court time. If you know any LEO’s in your life you should know we work crazy hours to make a decent living. I do know they posted this on our private DCMPD page as for men and woman to donate as well. I get that the city “should pay” but this city doesn’t always.

  • Hey Everyone, I definitely wanted to add my two cents after reading some of the comments. There is nothing “off” about this at all and this is not something the officer asked for. This is something we, as a law enforcement community, have started doing to make an injured officer’s struggle a little easier as he fights to recover from a life changing injury and get back to his career.

    I am also an MPD officer that was seriously injured on the job. I was very fortunate to have benefitted from the generosity of friends, coworkers and strangers. There were plenty of extra expenses that came up that were covered for me because of a fund like this. The police department and the city absolutely cover all medical expenses but this money can be a lifesaver for an officer who has been seriously injured and could possibly have their career ended. It very possible for an injured officer to be medically retired at an unknown percentage of their current salary. If an officer is unable to recover enough to return to duty, they will face involuntary medical retirement, possibly at a significant reduction in pay. It’s hard to know what a person goes through after being shot, stabbed, beaten or badly smashed up in a car accident unless you have been there yourself. Fortunately, most people will never experience anything like that. If you ever do, I’m pretty sure you will be glad if people come to your aide.

    This is definitely a legit GoFundMe account as I have spoken with the person that set it up several times. As far as privacy, members of the department know the officer, and keeping the officer’s identity private will help keep reporters or people with other than the best intentions from showing up at his house. That actually happened to me. Several members of my family were contacted by the media and reporters showed up at my house. Anyway, hope this clears up some of the confusion.

    P.S. Since I was injured, I realize what a difference even a small donation can mean when enough people come together to help someone in need. I have tried to pay it forward every chance I get because I remember how it felt when people helped me when I was down.

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