The Flower Mound Police Association is all about helping one another, and a fundraiser today will be no exception.
The association, along with the Texas Municipal Police Association and the Flower Mound Citizen Patrol Association, will have a cookout from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Flower Mound Police Department parking lot, 4150 Kirkpatrick Lane, to benefit Patrol Officer Ronnie Medeiros.
Medeiros, in his 11th year with the department, suffered a mild heart attack two years ago. From there, he was told he needed a pacemaker.
After spending 10 days in the hospital and recovering, Medeiros was back at work, where he also serves as a field training officer.
Three weeks ago, Medeiros, 36, learned he had suffered a mild stroke.
“He was getting ready for work and had a strange feeling in his chest,” said Michelle Horridge, a fellow officer and treasurer of the police association. “It was when he went to the hospital they [doctors] determined he had suffered a mini-stroke.”
After the stroke, Medeiros was placed on a heart transplant list, according to a town news release.
“He hasn’t been able to return to work, and he has a wife and four kids,” said Horridge, who organized today’s event for her friend. “Part of the association is to help officers — inside our agency and out — when they need help.”
Horridge said Medeiros worked a lot of overtime to help care for his family.
“He hasn’t been able to pay the bills. … He is on medical leave but it’s not covering all the expenses him and his family have. So his wife, who has always stayed home with the couple’s kids, got a job last week,” Horridge said.
Medeiros has served as president of the Flower Mound Police Association for the past six months. Before working with the department, he worked for the town of Flower Mound in the traffic division, Horridge said.
Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served for $5 a plate. All proceeds will be used to help pay for Medeiros’ medical expenses.
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