JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Over a thousand people spent their Sunday afternoon raising money for a Jefferson Parish deputy, paralyzed after an accident last year.
In the ten months since Jaron Fountain was paralyzed in an automobile accident, he's rarely left his parents home. This Sunday outing, to the JPSO hanger in Harvey, is overwhelming.
"Feels good to know so many people care," Fountain said.
Fountain's mom, Debbie, says, "The only time he ever gets out of the house is when he has doctor's appointments, other than that we have no way of getting him anywhere else."
To attend his own fundraiser, Fountain had to take a wheelchair accessible cab. It's the reason why friends, co-workers, and complete strangers paid $25 dollars, for some entertainment, food, and a chance to thank the man who risked his life as a deputy on a daily basis, to save others.
Connie Cassard says, "All our deputies and all our coworkers, we're all brothers and everybody helps everybody."
"We're gonna stick with him till the end," Karen Alexander added.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand explains, "Our goal was to get a mobility impaired van for him so he can get out and about from the house."
It hasn't been an easy road for the 25-year-old. Last June, while responding to a call of a burglary in progress, Fountain lost control of his squad car, and hit a tree. Confined to a wheelchair and hooked up to oxygen, Fountain has a new way of life now, one that former NOPD Officer Andres Gonzalez knows all about. "Just trying to adapt to normal life in a wheelchair, it's really hard," Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez showed up to present Fountain with a check, on behalf of his organization, Help for Heroes. The money will go toward the new van, which can run upwards of $50,000 to $60,000.
But Jaron Fountain thinks it's only a matter of time before he's back on his feet saying, "Yeah it's gonna happen, it will."
And he hopes to possibly return to the job, he gave his all for.