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Community Stepping Up To Help Injured Police Officer In Ventura County

Ventura County residents have stepped in a big way to help a police officer critically injured in a traffic accident.

It’s been a tough, and emotional few weeks for Simi Valley Police officer Tom Carney, his family, and friends. On June 15th, Carney was riding southbound on Tapo Canyon Road when a pickup making a U-turn turned into his path. He was critically injured, and has undergone multiple surgeries to repair his pelvis, hip, ribs, arms, and face.

The community has stepped up to help. More than 250 people took part in two blood drives, raising 230 pints of blood.

A number of community businesses are holding fundraisers for the officer. And, the Simi Valley Police officers Association set up a “Go Fund Me” account, which has raised more than $50,000 dollars to help the officer, and his family. The officer and his wife are currently foster parents for two small children they are trying to adopt. But, because of the accident, Carney’s wife has been unable to work, and the money raised to intended to help compensate for that, and numerous incidental expenses.

Link to Tom Carney's GOFUNDME page: www.gofundme.com/tomcarney

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.