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Fundraiser for Fresno Police Officer Recovering From Brain Surgery

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The food couldn't be dished out fast enough at Bella Pasta in Fresno Wednesday night.

But it wasn't because the crowd was getting restless.

Instead, there were many diners eager to help Fresno Police Officer Jon Linzey.

"It's almost left me at a loss for words-and that's not normal," says Linzey.

Linzey has been on the force for ten years.

He had invasive brain surgery four weeks ago, after suffering a lot of headaches, and trouble sleeping and breathing.

His wife convinced him to get help.

"To go to a doctor and hear you need brain surgery and two hours later pulled off work, was kinda surprising," Linzey says.

Since then, medical bills have mounted.

Insurance only goes so far.

That's where Sarah Rothwell comes in.

She co-founded a non-profit group known as Beside the Blue. It helps law enforcement families in need. It helps them make ends meet by paying a portion of their treatment and travel. The group also helps in cases of significant injury or death.

"Fundraising is a healing process," she says. "Not only for the individual and the family, but also for the community. It allows a way for everyone who cares to give back."

Officer Linzey's family is the third from the Central Valley to receive help.

Krystin Kahle's family was also helped, when her husband and son had medical issues.

"I had no hesitation to come to this one to help out any way I can, because I was helped," says Kahle.

Officers and Fresno City workers have also been helping by donating time.
"You can donate everything except sick leave. You can donate vacation time, comp time, holiday time," says Jacky Parks, President of the Fresno Police Officers Association.

"Because of what we do, we support each other. If it happened to them, I'd be waiting in line waiting to have dinner too," says Linzey.

He still has about five months of recovery before he can return to work.

He visits doctors at U.C. San Francisco every six weeks.

If you'd like to donate to Beside the Blue, click here.

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