Injured Cary Police Officer Makes First Public Appearance
Posted November 27, 2001 9:28 a.m. EST
CARY, N.C. — On Oct. 11, Cary police officer George Almond pulled over a car near Crossroads Plaza when, investigators say, the man behind the wheel shot him in the head. On Monday, Almond made his first public appearance at a golf fund-raiser in his honor.
The fundraiser at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary was held to help Almond and his family pay expenses. Almond is on medical leave, and his wife, Pam, is taking time off to care for him.
"The community, the Cary Police Department, our church, friends and family have totally surrounded us and supported us with love. Anything that we have needed has been taken care of," said Pam Almond.
The police department's Family Support Group sponsored the event, which 240 people attended.
Dawn Jernigan, who helped to organize the event, said the support has been overwhelming.
"I literally had to turn away corporate teams because we were full. The response of the community is what made this happen," she said.
Golfer Jim Boudelman, whose father was a New York City police officer, said he took part in the event because it was for a good cause.
"I'm supporting the police and playing golf at the same time, which I love," he said.
Organizers hope to raise $17,000 for the event. Almond lost sight in his left eye and he will have to have more reconstructive surgery on his face.
The officer said he is not up to making a public statement yet, but he is on the road to recovery.
Donations to the George Almond Fund can be made at any BB&T branch.