Veterans group hosts fundraiser for fishing trip for BRPD officer injured in 2016

Veterans group hosts fundraiser for fishing trip for BRPD officer injured in 2016
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: Storm 22
Source: Storm 22

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An auto repair business and a non-profit group held a fundraiser Friday to benefit one of the Baton Rouge Police officers who was injured in the ambush on local law enforcement almost two years ago.

A bullet grazed Cpl. Chad Montgomery's head during the ambush on July 17, 2016. Fortunately, he was able to immediately able to return to work after the incident.

Storm 22, an organization that helps disabled veterans, will be taking Cpl. Chad Montgomery on a bowfishing trip.

Safelite Auto Glass joined forces with Storm 22 by cooking jambalaya for plate lunches that were sold in the parking lot of BRPD Headquarters.

Usually, Storm 22 works with veterans who have PTSD. The non-profit organization is made up of military veterans, five of which are law enforcement officers. Many of them, including the group's founder, Brad Ford, are fellow Baton Rouge Police officers.

The group wanted to give Cpl. Montgomery the opportunity enjoy a chartered bowfishing trip and the comradery of fellow veterans and officers.

Ford, who is an Army veteran, explained why hunting and fishing trips are important for veterans and law enforcement officers.

"They have a lot of stress and anxiety and that goes along with that. And so getting them out of the house and into the Outdoors, to fish or hunt is really huge for them. It's a thing about getting together and talking about issues, the traumatic events they've been through, and just to get them to open up and it really takes a lot of anxiety out of their lives by doing that."

Eddie Lahaie, of Safelite Auto Glass' Baton Rouge office, said he and the company we're happy to help out Storm 22 with the fundraiser by donating and cooking the jambalaya that was sold Friday morning and afternoon.

Lahaie said it's important "to give back to the people who protect us," and hopes others will be inspired to do the same.

Montgomery was one of six local law enforcement officers shot in an ambush on July 17, 2016. Three died as a result of the shooting and two others were injured.

Montgomery was grazed by a bullet on the right side of his head. He went back to work immediately after the shooting.

"It's still emotional, but I wouldn't have it any other way," said Montgomery said after the ambush in 2016. "It's what I've been doing all my life and that's what I'm going to continue to do."

All of the proceeds raised at the fundraiser will go to taking Montgomery for a weekend of bowfishing near Leeville, LA this summer.

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