Hi my name is Dawn and I am reaching out to an officer's law enforcement family. This is a benefit fund for Deputy Paul Bridgewater and we are a group of friends who have set up this fund for him.http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/Paul-T-Bridgewater-Benefit-Fund/43448
This is the short story of Paul Bridgewater.
Paul and wife, Gail were married just out of High School and have been now married for 25 years in April of 2013.
He joined the US Army and became part of the Military Police where he served four years. During his adventure in the military he served as a member of a guard force that protected the dismantling of nuclear missiles. Paul also served as a combat military police officer.
Paul and Gail were blessed with two boys while he was in the military with his youngest now serving in Afghanistan as a Military Police Officer.
In 1997 Paul attended the law enforcement academy at Drury College in Springfield Missouri. He has been in law enforcement for 14 years and his wife Gail is a 911 dispatcher.
In 2010 Paul was awarded the Missouri Police Lifesaving medal for his actions during a shooting of a domestic assault in a local city.
He has enjoyed his time as a police officer and a sheriff’s deputy and those that worked with him knew he had their backs.
In October of 2012 Paul was diagnosed with Stage IV Esophageal Cancer that has spread into his stomach, liver, kidney, and pericardia area. According to his Veteran Affairs Doctor he was exposed to massive doses of radiation while he was in the military, Paul is working with the VA to get this service connected, but that is a long process (As any government related paperwork is overwhelming). Since October 2012 he has been hospitalized three times due to complications. He has a great Doctor in Springfield, Missouri who is very aggressive with this type of cancer; treatments are going very well according to the Doctor.
He is now unemployed due to his illness but Sheriff Cole reassures Paul that when he is in remission he will have his job back. (All of us pray that this is going to happen). Until the wheels of government kick in with assistance that Paul needs our support (Financially and Morally) is needed. Paul now has to pay his own Cobra medical insurance along with all the other bills of medical that are piling up fast not to mention his day to day living expenses. Paul and Gail are a great couple and Gail’s salary is not enough to live on.
Please help support this man that has served his country and his community for so many years! NO donation is too small!http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/Paul-T-Bridgewater-Benefit-Fund/43448