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    Smile Dallas Officer Injured In Colorado Coming Home Thanks To McKinney Automobile Dealer Who Wrote the Check For Air Ambulance

    Dallas Officer Injured In Colorado Coming Home - cbs11tv.com

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    DALLAS (CBS 11 / TXA 21) ― A Dallas Police officer stuck in a hospital in Denver will be home in Dallas soon

    Officer Alex Garcia's doctors in Colorado would release him, if an air ambulance could transport him back to Texas. Garcia's health insurance company said no, so his family was left looking for a way to raise the money to bring him home.

    Saturday morning when a McKinney man heard about what was going on he wrote the check.



    Eugene Knies owns Bonham Chrysler in McKinney and says he had to do something. "It's tragic enough that what happened to the police officer," says Knies "He is stranded that far from home and family and friends and it's terrible."

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    Officer Garcia, 22, is in intensive care at a Denver hospital. He suffered a blood clot last week after he became dehydrated at a police conference which works with kids.

    The Dallas Police Association says doctors found blood clots in his brain. Garcia was in a coma and has had surgery, but he's now ready to come home. The only problem is he has to be brought back by an air ambulance which costs $7,500.

    Frederick Frazier with the Assist the Officer Foundation says first the city's workers' compensation denied him coverage, now their insurance provider, United Healthcare, won't pay for the trip home. They say the trip is not an emergency.

    "This is where he wants to be his family is here. He has grown up here and his friends are his. He wants to be home," says Frazier.

    Some of Garica's colleagues with the Peace Keepers Motorcycle club are also trying to raise money through the Assist the Officer Foundation. The foundation helps families of police officers in need.

    "He's family," says Kevin Dodds "I would want someone to help my family if I were in that situation."

    In a statement United Healthcare says they empathize with officer Garcia's situation and are looking into the case.

    The Dallas Police Association says the Garcia's will need financial help when they return home.

    As for Knies he is just glad he could help. Now he hopes to meet officer Garcia.
    "The first responders do so much for us and they never get thanked for it and this is just an opportunity to give back what they give us," says Knies.

    After Officer Garcia is home the DPA wants to make sure he is taken care of.

    People can make a donation to the Assist the Officer Foundation by calling the DPA at (214) 747-6839.

    Assist the Officer Foundation
    1412 Griffin Street East
    Dallas, Texas 75215-1101

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    The workers compensation is what really gets me. If he was there on Dept time/business and suffered the injury then they need to make it right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgg View Post
    The workers compensation is what really gets me. If he was there on Dept time/business and suffered the injury then they need to make it right.

    Agreed. Prayers for a speedy and full recovery for Ofc. Garcia.
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    Hope he has a complete recovery. A big thumbs up to Mr. Eugene Knies for helping an officer in need............
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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Chance View Post
    Hope he has a complete recovery. A big thumbs up to Mr. Eugene Knies for helping an officer in need............
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgg View Post
    The workers compensation is what really gets me. If he was there on Dept time/business and suffered the injury then they need to make it right.
    From what I know of Glenn White of the Dallas Police Association, the politicians haven't heard the last of this, especially come election time.

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    Outstanding!!! More civilians should donate to causes such as this, if they are able to.


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    Nice to see some people still care. Much respect earned for that man!
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    That is awesome! I hope the officer makes a full recovery.




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    Very nice! Hope the officer recovers quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10-42Adam View Post
    Nice to see some people still care. Much respect earned for that man!
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