Turkey Shoot, Live Auction Fundraisers Planned to Help Paralyzed Deputy Court Officer
Wilson County Sheriff’s Office has planned several ways to help raise much-needed funds for a paralyzed deputy court officer. Among the fundraisers planned are a turkey shoot scheduled to occur at 9 a.m. Nov. 21 and a Live Auction to be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 28.
Deputy Earl Dyer has suffered a bilateral stroke as a result of a prior surgery. This stroke has paralyzed the 49-year-old court officer’s legs and left him with limited use of his arms, rendering him unable to work.
“Although Deputy Dyer has always gone beyond the call of duty to help others, his prognosis remains guarded as to the likelihood that he will ever be able to walk again or regain total use of his arms,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “He faces many hurdles ahead in his life following this horrible, debilitating, and tragic event.”
Deputy Dyer’s wife, Amy, due to her physical limitations, will have difficulty caring for him at home. The support of family, friends and community will have a direct impact on his well-being. On Nov. 18, 2015, the very active court officer will no longer have an income. He will have exhausted all county benefits.
The upcoming Earl Dyer Benefit Turkey Shoot is scheduled to be held at the WCSO firing range located at Wilson County Fairgrounds at James E. Ward Agricultural Center on Highway 70. It will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Each participant must use a stock shotgun. The stock shotguns allowed to be used in this benefit shoot include a 12, 20, 16 or 410 shotgun. Each shot will cost $5. There will be a number of giveaways. All the money raised will be donated to the “Earl Dyer Fund” established at CedarStone Bank in Lebanon.
Meanwhile, those who would like to help are encouraged to make donations through an account at CedarStone Bank on West Main in Lebanon, TN in the name of “Earl Dyer Fund.” Contributions may also be dropped at the Criminal Justice Center (located adjacent the sheriff’s office located at 105 E. High Street) or the Judicial Center, 134 S. College St. WCSO will update everyone on the WCSO’s progress as we prepare for this long, arduous journey for the Dyers Sheriff Bryan noted.
You may also make contributions to a separate GoFundMe account at this website: https://www.gofundme.com/earlamydyer
The Sheriff’s Office is also asking anyone who would like to donate items for the Earl Dyer Live Auction to please contact our office. The Live Auction will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 at the Turner Evans Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. The WCSO is currently in need of donated items to auction. Other fundraisers will be announced in the near future.
“As a family in law enforcement and a community, we hope to spread support far and wide for Earl and his wife,” Sheriff Bryan said. “There are so many people in need in our community and across the county, especially in this line of work. Deputy Earl has always been generous person and would go out of his way to help anyone else. He wants to return to work but he needs our help now. Let us all stand together in this effort.”