Help for a lawman who has helped us all
Judd has given much to Gillespie County. It's time to repay the favor.
By Ken Esten Cooke— This has been a rough year for law enforcement in Fredericksburg and Gillespie County.
First, Police Chief Paul Oestreich succumbed to Myelodysplastic Syndrome on May 7 after valiantly battling the disease for more than a year. A lifetime resident, he worked in nearly every capacity to help keep Fredericksburg’s streets safe for residents and visitors.
In April, then acting Police Chief Steve Wetz and his crew began investigating in a drug overdose that took the life of a popular high school student. Still working their way through the maze of testing for a synthetic drug so new it hasn’t yet been classified, the case has been a challenge for the patience and perseverance of lawmen and the public alike.
On June 25, Gillespie County Deputy Sheriff Jim Judd and his wife, Sheri, were involved in an automobile accident that has left the deputy paralyzed. The very picture of the tall-standing, tough-and-firm lawman, yet so personable to those who know him, Judd will face a struggle with his newfound incapacities. He remains a pillar of the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office.
In wishing Judd the best and thanking him for his service thus far to the county, we in the public can return the favor of his dedication by pitching in for a Motorcycle Charity Ride at 10 a.m. Saturday to help the deputy and his family with what will be staggering medical costs and future needs. Riders will meet between 9 and 10 a.m. at the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center, 1601 E. Main St., in Fredericksburg.
But you don’t need to own a Harley or other motorcycle to lend a hand, and you don’t even have to ride along. A simple donation will help the family, and help a man who has given the better part of his life to the service of Gillespie County. (Donors may bring cash or checks made out to Sheri Judd. For more information about the ride, contact organizer Mike Goy at 830-456-5291.)
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