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Turkey shoot, live auction to benefit paralyzed deputy

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Deputy Earl Dyer

The Wilson County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) has planned two events to help raise much-needed funds for Deputy Earl Dyer, who was left partially paralyzed following a bilateral stroke and is now unable to work.

Among the fund-raisers planned are a turkey shoot scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 and a live auction set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28.

"Although Deputy Dyer has always gone beyond the call of duty to help others, his prognosis remains guarded as to the likelihood that he will ever be able to walk again or regain total use of his arms," Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said. "He faces many hurdles ahead in his life following this horrible, debilitating and tragic event."

Dyer's wife, Amy, due to her physical limitations, will have difficulty caring for him at home. The support of family, friends and community will have a direct impact on his well-being, according to the WCSO. As of today, Dyer has exhausted all county benefits.

The Nov. 21 Earl Dyer Benefit Turkey Shoot is scheduled to be held at the WCSO firing range located at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon. Each participant must use a stock shotgun. The stock shotguns allowed to be use include a 12, 20, 16 or 410 shotgun. Each shot will cost $5. There will be a number of giveaways, and all money raised will be donated to the "Earl Dyer Fund" established at CedarStone Bank.

The WCSO is also asking anyone who would like to donate items for the Earl Dyer Live Auction on Nov. 28 to please contact the office. The live auction will be held at 6 p.m. at the Turner Evans Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

Other fund-raisers will be announced in the near future, according to a statement issued by the WCSO.

In addition to the fund at CedarStone Bank, contributions may also be made to a GoFundMe account set up at

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