Two weeks ago, a routine traffic stop turned into a shootout, leaving Fortville officer Matt Fox fighting for his life.
Fox's girlfriend Alissa Miller said one of the first things Fox said in the hospital was, 'How am I going to pay my bills?' The community answered that question tonight.
At the McDonald's stores in Greenfield and Mount Comfort, restaurant owners donated 20 percent of their sales from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday to assist Fox, who is now recovering at home.
"I feel very lucky to be alive. I am a walking miracle," Fox told RTV6's Drew Smith.
Vanessa Moore and her husband organized the fundraiser to show gratitude for a public servant who nearly died in the line of duty.
"These guys put their life on the line every day for us as a community. Our goal is to give back to the community and also help Matt personally," Vanessa Moore said.
"The love and support I'm getting from my community and my friends and family as well as the citizens of this area is helping me with the strength to overcome this tragedy with positive responses," Fox said.
As an officer injured on duty, insurance takes care of all of Fox's medical bills.
But many officers rely on working off-duty hours to supplement their income. The money from the fundraiser will help fill that void.
"This will help me with my bills, because it's not been determined when I'll go back to work. It might be the end of the year," Fox said. "The community really stepped up, and they're really participating and we're just grateful."
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