Law enforcement community rallies in support of Finney County Sheriff's sergeant after leg amputation
The Garden City Police Department and the Finney County Sheriff's Office come together to raise money for a sergeant the departments say has been devoted to his job with the sheriff's office for the past 19 years.
Last year, doctors amputated Sgt. JJ. Gonzales' leg. This followed a bone infection stemming from a knee replacement the sergeant underwent 10 years ago.
Gonzales says the amputation itself wasn't difficult, but it's a daily struggle as he continues to work. Now, the sergeant needs a replacement with better technology.
He says a microprocessor knee would allow him to better concentrate on his surroundings and not focus so much on how he's walking. His insurance does not cover this type of prosthetic, he says.
"The leg that they allow me to have is a hydraulic leg. It is not designed to do anything more than walk," Gonzales says.
Members of the Garden City Police Department and Finney County Sheriff's Office are coming together, they say, to help a man they say is genuine and "not ready to give up by any means."
"I want this so I can continue to serve this county, this city," Gonzales says.
aims to raise $50,000 to help Gonzales get the prosthetic he says will better allow him to serve Finney County.