BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Police officer Jared Neyland's life took a dramatic turn March 26.
"It's made me learn a lot of things. appreciate a lot of things. Life, in general, is way too short now," Neyland said.
A pickup truck slammed into the Neyland when he was riding his BRPD-issued motorcycle on Scenic Highway near Erie Street. Neyland left with a broken pelvis among other injuries. His road to recovery would be tough, but his walk is not alone.
"Family sticks together. we'll be here until the end," the officer's nephew, Jacob Neyland.
"We're like brothers," said Adam Stoultz who helped organize the fundraiser.
In true family fashion, that support includes selling t-shirts, plates of pastalaya and raffle tickets at Blackie's Place on Sullivan Road. This fundraiser, friends and family say, is to make sure Neyland is focusing on his recovery and nothing else.
"If you know Jared, he's a really great guy and I'd do anything in the world for him," said Blackie Bell, owner of Blackie's Place.
"He's family," Stoultz says. "You don't let family hurt. You do what you have to do to make sure that they're okay."
Stuart Puffer, Neyland's friend, said more than anything Neyland's recovery has made him realize life is about, "people in general." "Opening up your heart and being there for people in their time of need."
The support continues to pour in, even though Neyland feels like he doesn't deserve the attention, a 'humble man' his friends call him, but not too proud to accept help.
" I don't really want all of the attention, the officer said. "But it does make you feel good that so many people care to come out and support. It's just such a great feeling."
"There's no questions asked," Stoultz said. "He would've done the same thing for us."
Neyland says as far as his recovery goes, he's doing well. Next week he hopes to find out if he can begin using a walker.