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Local foundation raises money to provide "Help for Heroes"

Jefferson, La – On May 22nd of 2006 NOPD Officer Andres Gonzalez was shot in the line of duty. He survived, but is now paralyzed. He recalls the support he received from the community. "The community came together for me. So the only way I could think of repaying these guys for what they did was to do the same thing," said Gonzalez. 

Gonzalez is referring to the St. John Deputies who were ambushed in August. Two of them, Jeremy Triche and Brandon Neilsen did not survive. Deputies Scott Boyington and Jason Triche were injured and are still recovering.

Gonzalez is working to help the survivors and the families of the fallen through the "Help for Heroes" foundation. He and his team of board members hosted a lively fundraiser Sunday night at Southport in Old Jefferson. Deputy Boyington was able to attend. Deputy Jason Triche is still in the hospital.  

"He's my biggest hero," said Deputy Jason Triche's wife Melissa. "He's still fighting. Every day he's still fighting and I see it." She says her husband is now able to take a few steps.  She says the progress is slow and painful. "It's very hard to explain what we're going through, difficult not to be able to be there with our two year old."

She says her family has a long road ahead, but thanks to "Help for Heroes", that road may be a little easier to travel. "Amazing. Amazing communities come together," said Melissa Triche.

And it's just the beginning for this foundation. Andres "Chico" Gonzalez has big fundraising plans to provide "Help for Heroes" and their families for many years to come.

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