Friends, complete strangers raise money for Deputy Nick Tullier

Friends, complete strangers raise money for Deputy Nick Tullier
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An East Baton Rouge Parish deputy continues to fight for his life. Meanwhile, his friends and even complete strangers are raising money as they pray for a recovery.

Along Range Avenue in Denham Springs, ladies at DSLD Homes put their crafty sides to work.

"It is about 72 hours of work between 10 people. We ended up with about 1100 decals. These are all handmade," said Alli Castle, who made seven different decals.

On Friday, they set up shop to raise money for Deputy Nick Tullier. From children to veterans, to complete strangers.

"His family needs to know that we're not going to give up on him either," said Darcy Crumholt, who drove from Baker just to get decals.

"I do not know him. I drove all the way from Prairieville to come over here and get these," said Terry Dye.

Many people only wanted to donate, with some handing money over while they were stopped at a red light in traffic. There was also Ashlee Bree, who made 600 blue bows just to give out to people.

"I had about 60 left so I just brought them by to donate," Bree said.

Three of the six law enforcement officers shot on July 17 graduated in 1994 from Denham Springs High School. It's why that class made their own decals, #94forNick.

"He's loved and we just need a miracle. We're praying for him," said Tullier's friend Melynda Smith.

Smith is putting on a fundraiser Saturday at Dodge City Veterinary Hospital on Hatchell Lane in Denham Springs beginning at 10 a.m. There will be a silent auction with donated paintings, jewelry and surprise baskets. There will also be a pastalaya if people get hungry.

Plus, there are hundreds of custom t-shirts ordered just for the fundraiser.

"A small order turned into something very big. I have online orders. I have people from all over the United States requesting shirts," Smith said.

Some of the proceeds are going to Tullier's family and the rest are going to "Back the Blue" to purchase better vests for police officer.

Because these fundraisers are for Tullier, just about everyone had something to say to him.

"Stay strong and keep fighting buddy. That's all you can do," Dye said.

"Thank you for everything that you do. It's men and women like him that keep our streets safe," Crumholt said.

"Keep fighting and don't give up. Everybody's praying for him and rallying behind him," Bree said.

"We are praying for you," Castle said.

Tullier's dad posted the following update to his son's condition on Facebook Friday:

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