UPDATE: According to Plainview police spokesman Manuel Balderas, Plainview residents raised more than $24,000 for Officer Jeremy Martinez in three separate fundraisers last week.
Martinez, who is currently recovering from surgery, will have $24,675 from Plainview officers, businesses and friends to help with medical costs.
PLAINVIEW, TX (KCBD) - The call to help a fellow officer fighting medical issues has the Plainview Police Department taking over the local Chili’s.
The department teamed with the restaurant in hosting a fundraiser Monday for Officer Jeremy Martinez, who has been out since the fall with digestive issues.
Martinez, a member of the Plainview SWAT team, has a wife and two children, and has exhausted his paid leave while he tried to recuperate.
So to help, Detective Curtis Bloom and other officers came up with the fundraiser idea to make sure Martinez would receive some help. “Chili’s was gracious enough to do a benefit where 15 percent of your ticket will go toward Jeremy and his family,” Bloom explained.
Bloom said they wanted to help out of a desire to support their brother in arms. “We do this job, it’s not an easy job, a lot of times we see each other at our worst, we’re put in the worst situations together,” he said, describing that brotherhood, “Any time one of us goes down, we know the rest of us are going to pick us up.”
In addition to Monday’s fundraiser, officers will hold two separate events on Friday to help Martinez. The first will be a Bar-B-Que lunch for $8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Plainview Elks Lodge at 908 N. I-27 near the intersection with 10th street.
The second event Friday will be a dance also held at the Elks Lodge starting at 7 p.m.
A silent auction will be held with both events Friday. Anyone who wishes to donate directly to Martinez can give cash or write a check in his name and it will be delivered to him by police.
For more information, you can contact the Plainview Police Department at (806) 296-1182.