The Wilson County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) has planned a number of fund-raisers for 49-year-old Deputy Earl Dyer, who recently suffered a bilateral stroke as a result of a prior surgery and is now paralyzed and unable to work.
According to a news release issued by the WCSO, Dyer's wife, Amy, will have difficulty caring for him at home due to her physical limitations, and the support of family, friends and community will have a direct impact on his well-being. On Nov. 18, the court officer will no longer have an income as he will have exhausted all county benefits.
Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan noted, "Although Deputy Dwyer always went out of his way to help others, his prognosis remains guarded as to the likelihood that he will ever be able to walk again or regain use of his arms. He faces many hurdles ahead in his life following this horrible, debilitating and tragic event."
"If you know Earl, he never met a stranger," Sgt. Don Witherspoon, who was first assigned with Dyer after coming to work with the WCSO. "He's always got a smile on his face and talks to everyone. He's always been so independent. This is a man who hates asking for anything, but he needs our help."
The WCSO plans to circulate information about the upcoming fund-raisers soon. Meanwhile, those who would like to help are encouraged to make donations through an account at CedarStone Bank on West Main Street in Lebanon in the name of "Earl Dyer Fund." Contributions may also be made at the Wilson County Criminal Justice Center, located adjacent to the WCSO at 105 East High Street, or the Wilson County Judicial Center, located at 134 South College Street.
A separate GoFundMe account has also been established at www.gofundme.com/earlamydyer.
"As a family in law enforcement and a community, we hope to spread support far and wide for Earl and his wife," Bryan said. "There are so many people in need across the county and the entire country, especially in this line of work, but I guarantee you, this is a man who has always been generous and would go out of his way to help anyone else. He needs our help now. Let us all stand together in this effort."