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Abbeville Police Officer who was shot on April 3

$14,550 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 161 people in 2 months
Created April 4, 2019
The Police Association of Lafayette Local #905 has made it one of our missions to help local police officers and their families when they are in need. Last night on April 3, 2019 a police officer in the City of Abbeville was shot in the line of duty. As a result of her injuries, she is expected to be out of work for sometime. Prior to this incident, she was working two full time jobs, one of them being her employment as a police officer. She will be unable to continue to work both of those jobs. Abbeville Police starting pay is below $10.00. Workman’s Comp traditionally pays 65% of that. This officer has a mortgage, student loans, car note, and everyday expenses. She is at risk of losing all that unless our community steps up. We always have in the past and we will now. The family is aware and approves of this campaign by The Police Association of Lafayette Local #905 and anyone is welcome to confirm the authenticity of this campaign by contacting Abbeville Police department or The Police Association of Lafayette through our FB page or email which can be located on our website. We will not be releasing the name of the police officer at this time for safety reasons.
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Thank you to everyone who shared and contributed to this cause. We were able to raise enough funds to give Kaitlyn a comfortable window of time to focus on her recovery. As a board member of the The Police Association of Lafayette Local #905 all the funds are being withdrawn straight to a Police Association Account and then everything will be turned over to Kaitlyn in the form of a check. She, her family, and her attorney, James Klock of Lafayette, LA, are aware of this and are involved with this every step of the way. Again thank you to everyone who contributed, this isn’t possible without our awesome community.
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Less than $3000 to get to our goal. This community has been incredibly generous. Thank you all so much for always #BackTheBlue
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Update:

Officer Kaitlyn Rudesill is home. After that last update Kaitlyn lungs began functioning properly and she was released from the hospital yesterday. As we have said from the beginning she still has a long road to recovery. Kaitlyn has expressed her overwhelming gratitude for the first responders that came to the scene to help her, the medical personnel who have worked tirelessly to get her stable enough to go home, the law enforcement personnel who didn’t sleep until the suspect was captured, and everyone who has so generously donated to help her financially during her recovery. Kaitlyn is a warrior and she will recover!!!!

The Police Association of Lafayette would be amiss if we didn’t mention our community partners who have stepped up to the plate. @Audubon Lake Apartment complex, who’s management is the best in the business and very pro law enforcement, immediately offered Kaitlyn’s family a fully furnished apartment in Lafayette, free of charge, once they learned she was being treated at Lafayette General. @KPEL News who helped get the message out on how the community could help Kaitlyn. @The Middlebrook Foundation who has pledged financial contributions to help Kaitlyns recovery. But most importantly to this Greater Acadiana Community who always shows that they back the blue.

We have received media inquiries about Kaitlyn’s condition and recovery because we have been in direct contact with the family and working with them through this. After this update we will continue to update as needed in reference to the Go Fund Me, however Attorney James Klock of Lafayette will be representing Kaitlyn’s interest and as such will be speaking on her behalf. All inquiries should be directed to his office. Lastly please if you haven’t already consider donating, while Kaitlyn is steadily improving she has a long recovery ahead and will need the financial assistance to pay her bills. Make sure to like and share to get the word out!!!! Thank you for always #BackTheBlue
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After speaking with the family we learned this morning that the Abbeville Police Officer’s (who due to the gunshot originally had a collapsed lung) medical has been unable to fully inflate. Their intentions are to add a second chest tube today. Once the lungs are functioning at an appropriate capacity she will be able to go home and start the long road to recovery. The family wishes to thank the first responders, medical personnel, the law enforcement officers responsible for apprehending the suspect, and everyone in the community who has generously donated. This is a long term recovery and although we have met our initial goal the needs are far great. If you can please consider donating. Thanks to everyone who has #BackTheBlue
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$14,550 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 161 people in 2 months
Created April 4, 2019
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