Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy receives $15K for ALS help

A Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy received a $15,000 check raised from a law enforcement golf tournament.

Deputy John Burkes was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, in April of this year.

Since his diagnosis, he’s become a non-verbal communicator, often using text-to-speak with his colleagues.

The cheery deputy can still be seen carrying his service weapon at the department.

His fellow officers organized the golf tournament last month and the proceeds amounted to $15,000. Jackson County Deputy Glen ‘Taco’ Veil said, “We were able to accomplish what I figure was a miracle, and that was the amount that we did accomplish. I didn’t anticipate we were going to get that kind of money. But we did that with everybody working. It wasn’t just us but everyone in the department.”

The money raised will help with Deputy Burkes’ medical expenses. ALS is terminal and affects two in 100,000 people.

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