Eight-year-old Paul Pech has not spoken or regained mobility in his arms and legs since being struck by a car while playing Hide-And-Go-Seek outside his home October 11. APD has been raising money over the last month and a half to help his family find a home and celebrate Christmas this year.
“In this job, we see one accident, and move on to the next one pretty quickly,” said Ofc. Pat Bradley. “This time, though, with this kind of accident, I couldn’t just walk away. I needed to do more. My kids are right around that age so I could only imagine what the family is going through.”
Bradley, a 14-year veteran of APD, responded to the hit-and-run, and, after the investigation at the scene was finished, went to the hospital to see how the victim was doing and help the family deal with the tragedy.
Bradley arrived to find young Pech in critical condition and stayed with Paul’s mother – Jennifer – for two hours as the doctors worked to save his life.
The Pech family moved out of the neighborhood because the trauma of reliving that day became too much to bear but had nowhere to go. The family of four has spent the last month and a half at a friend’s house while they find a new home.
A post from APD’s facebook page on November 27 about Bradley – working with Cope 4 Kids’ Georgina Meza – putting together a Thanksgiving meal for the Pechs received more than 1,000 “likes,” along with numerous overwhelmingly positive comments, and was frequently shared among followers.
As more officials from the department heard about the story, the decision was made to do more for the victim’s family. Since Thanksgiving, Bradley and the rest of the Traffic Bureau have been taking donations from within the department for the family and hope to deliver the gifts before the week of Christmas.
“I just can’t imagine what that family is going through, especially around this time of year,” said traffic Sgt. Kasey Geary. “We’re trying to do everything in our power to give them at least some relief during such a tough time.”
APD would like to expand their efforts in helping the Pech family during the holidays. They are accepting gift cards, toys, and food for the family from now until they deliver everything to the Pech home. If you are interested in participating, contact Geary via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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