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BRPD officer injured in 2016 ambush attack enjoys fishing trip from veterans group

Detective Chad Montgomery (center) bowfishes with members of the Storm 22 crew (Source: Storm 22) Detective Chad Montgomery (center) bowfishes with members of the Storm 22 crew (Source: Storm 22)
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One of the survivors of the 2016 police ambush shooting was able to enjoy a weekend of fishing with fellow police officers nearly two years after he almost lost his life, thanks to the veterans non-profit group Storm 22.

Baton Rouge Police Detective Chad Montgomery was one of six officers who responded to a shooting on Airline Highway on July 17, 2016.

In the past two years, Storm 22 has taken numerous veterans with PTSD or traumatic brain injuries on all sorts of trips.

Detective Montgomery was the first Baton Rouge police officer the group to go on a trip. On the weekend of June 15-17, Storm 22 took Montgomery on chartered bowfishing trip in the marshes of Leeville, La. 

Storm 22 President Brad Ford said Montgomery was a "hotshot" bowfisherman on the trip, snagging five big redfish. Ford only caught two fish. 

The group caught a total of 16 redfish, three drum, and three stingrays.  

Montgomery was also able to enjoy some time in the great outdoors with fellow veterans of combat situations. 

That is what Ford says is what helps out veterans the most. 

Storm 22 is a non-profit group that relies heavily on donations. Ford said the group is currently looking for locations for hog hunting trips in the fall.

If you would like to make a donation to Storm 22 or know a veteran that could benefit from a hunting or fishing trip visit https://storm22.org.

ORIGINAL:

Storm 22, a non-profit group that helps military veterans with PTSD is taking a local police who survived the July 2016 police ambush on a fully-paid fishing trip.

As they sit and talk about next weekend, it's all about some good times.

“We are going to throw you out the boat and bowfish a little bit,” Chad Montgomery jokes to Brad Ford.   

Behind all this laughter, you may never guess the stress Baton Rouge Police Detective Chad Montgomery deals with behind closed doors.

“A lot of sleepless nights that people do not know about,” Montgomery explained.

He was one of the six officers who responded to airline highway on that awful Sunday in July. The madman's bullet grazed his head. It came flying through the windshield of his police car.

“Just an inch or a half an inch to the right, we would not be sitting here and having this conversation,” Montgomery said.

“You ask yourself why it did not happen to me and thank God it didn't. There are so many unanswered questions that only the good Lord can answer,” Montgomery said.

And if you think it's been almost two years now and time has healed, that fatefully day still haunts him. 

“It has its moments. It's something you think about every day. That will never end,” Montgomery said.

“I've been there. I have been in combat situations. I've been through a lot of firefights,” Brad Ford said.

It's the unspoken words Brad Ford heard loud and clear.

Ford is a veteran of 11 years having served in the Army and Desert Storm, unfortunately watching some of his own veteran friends commit suicide over the years.

He says statistics show on average, 22 veterans kill themselves every single day.

The veteran turned police officer says he founded Storm 22 in 2016 for this very reason.

If you would like to make a donation to the organization or know a veteran who could benefit from a trip by Storm 22, visit https://storm22.org.

“The main thing is getting a veteran out of the house go outside go do something get busy and you need the comradery that you missed from the military so all of those came to one and we started a nonprofit and here we are,” Ford explained.

In the past two years, Cpl. Ford says they've taken numerous veterans with PTSD or traumatic brain injuries on all sorts of trips. Detective Montgomery will be the first BRPD Officer.

“This is I guess let's call it a stress reliever,” Montgomery said.  

A fundraiser last month helped raise enough money to send Det. Montgomery on a bowfishing trip.

“Everybody cares of course but Brad is going above and beyond with Storm 22 to help out people that really don't ask for help,” Montgomery said.

And though 2016 may be etched in many minds forever, this one weekend, Storm 22 hopes Det. Montgomery can let loose and just know how much he is appreciated.

“It's all from the heart. You don't become a police officer because you want to be rich. You want to help people and help your community,” Ford said.  

Detective Montgomery and a few other guys will leave for the bowfishing trip on Friday. 

Ford said Storm 22 relies on donations and is currently looking for a venue for hog hunting trips. If you would like to help out Storm 22 visit their Facebook page. 

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