Community helps injured Sherman firefighter

By: Morgan Downing Email
By: Morgan Downing Email

SHERMAN, TX -- The Sherman Elks Lodge opened it's doors to nearly 200 people Saturday. All in an effort to raise money for Sherman firefighter and bounty hunter Jeff Jones.

"We help out a lot of people in the Sherman area, Denison area. Jeff Jones, we know him personally also, and we wanted to help," Larry Marshall said.

Investigators say Jones was shot twice by a Sherman police officer, while he was attempting to apprehend a fugitive in March. A grand jury declined to file charges against that police officer. Investigators also found that the officer was not at fault, and that it was an accident.

But, with gun shots to the abdomen and arm, medical bills are piling up for Jones.

"My helicopter ride to the hospital alone was over $28,000. So, medical bills in general are very expensive," Jones said.

Those who wanted to help Jones with those expenses took part in a motorcycle fun run, an auction, and food and music were also included in the event.

"I'm very appreciative of what's going on today and what's been put together for me," Jones said.

Jones is still recovering and has not returned to the Sherman Fire Department just yet.

"I'm currently going through physical therapy and I've got a doctors appointment coming up in the near future. So, I'm hoping to get a good report from the doctor and I'm hoping to be back at work in the very near future," he said.

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