Break­fast With The Badge Fundraiser To Aid McDaniel

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Those who “back the blue” have a chance to re­turn the fa­vor this week­end and give back to some­one who gives of them­selves every day.

Lo­cal law en­force­ment will be host­ing “Break­fast with the Badge” from 7 a.m. un­til noon this Satur­day at Grace Life Church in An­der­son. Vol­un­teers will be serv­ing pancakes, ba­con, sausage, bis­cuits and gravy, eggs, hash browns, break­fast bur­ri­tos and dessert. All for a do­na­tion.

Guests will also have the op­por­tu­nity to “Dunk Da Chief” at the dunk tank.

All pro­ceeds from the fundraiser will go di­rectly to deputy Wes McDaniel. On April 9, McDaniel re­sponded to a mu­tual aid call in Lana­gan re­gard­ing an armed, sui­ci­dal sub­ject. While he was se­cur­ing the back of the prop­erty, McDaniel scaled a chain-link fence, landed in­cor­rectly, and ex­pe­ri­enced a tibia/fibula frac­ture.

“My tibia cut through my leg, near my an­kle,” McDaniel ex­plained.

McDaniel works full-time with the Pineville Mar­shal’s Of­fice but was also work­ing part-time with the An­der­son Po­lice Depart­ment at the time of the call.

Since the in­jury, he has un­der­gone two surg­eries — one to fit an ex­ter­nal mo­bi­lizer and another to set pins and screws into the bone for per­ma­nent re­in­force­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Mis­souri statute re­gard­ing worker’s com­pen­sa­tion, the em­ployee’s med­i­cal bills will be cov­ered and two-thirds of their part-time wages com­pen­sated.

Be­cause McDaniel was on the clock at his part-time job, he is only re­im­bursed for those lost wages — not the ad­di­tional wages lost by not be­ing able to work his full-time job. With his wife, Kayla, also stay­ing home to care for him ini­tially, the fam­ily suf­fered a fi­nan­cial blow.

It will be two to three more months un­til McDaniel can be cleared for any­thing but light-duty of­fice work.

“The re­sponse from lo­cal law en­force­ment and the com­mu­nity has been ex­cit­ing,” said Paul Buck­ner, event or­ga­nizer and long­time friend of McDaniel. “All four chiefs and both mar­shals from McDon­ald County have vol­un­teered to man the dunk tank. And we’re go­ing to try and drown them.”

When asked who McDaniel looks for­ward to see­ing in the tank, he laughed.

“I guess it’s ev­ery­one’s dream to dunk their boss, so ei­ther Seth (Daniels, An­der­son chief) or Chris (Owens, Pineville mar­shal).”

For a $10 do­na­tion, those who are un­sure of their aim can pur­chase a Slam Dunk which au­to­mat­i­cally soaks the per­son in the tank.

“I hope to see pro-law en­force­ment sup­port­ers come out,” Buck­ner said. “I want what we’re do­ing to set the prece­dent for how we take care of our in­jured law en­force­ment. For the peo­ple who aren’t sure how to help LEO, this is how.”

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