Help me to help a friend...a friend to you, a friend to all of us. A protector, a helper, and a shoulder to cry on, Patrolman Michael Dickinson, of the Batesville, Arkansas Police Department, was shot in the line of duty on Friday November 3rd, 2017.
While responding to a domestic disturbance, Patrolman Dickinson was interviewing a suspect at the front door of his home when the suspect drew a weapon and fired 15 times, hitting Patrolman Dickinson 3 times in the leg. Patrolman Dickinson sustained extreme life threatening injuries, and if not for quick bystander and emergency workers efforts, likely would have bled to death on the scene.
In the past 4 days, Patrolman Dickinson has undergone 3 surgeries and will likely undergo many more to fix his physical injuries.
Let me tell you a little about Michael. He is a wonderful person who has led an honorable life. Since he was 3 years old, he wanted to be a police officer just like his grandpa. Working his way through the ranks of Correctional Officer, to Reserve Officer, he was hired by the Batesville Police Department in early 2015 and was enrolled in the Police Academy, where he excelled.
He is a hulk of a man; large in stature, but very kind at heart. Always giving people the benefit of the doubt with a warning instead of a ticket, or a gentle suggestion instead of a scolding, Michael always prefers to help instead of harm. Loved by the community as a whole, it is time for us to help him.
Although Michael will no doubt be receiving his regular pay while healing, it needs to be understood that not only did Michael work for the Police Department, he also had to work other jobs to make ends meet for his family. In addition to Michael's other incomes, his wife works as well. During Michael's early convalescence, his wife, understandably, has taken leave to be at his side.
Michael will likey have a 18-24 month rehabilitation for his injuries and it is questionable if he will regain full use of his leg. If anyone can, I know he can, but he has a long road ahead for recovery.
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Along with this GoFundMe, accounts have been set up at Centennial Bank and First Community Bank in Batesville, Arkansas to accept donations.
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