Community raising money to help two Martin County Deputies
Martin County, Fl (treasurecoast.com)- The community is helping to raise money to help two Martin County Deputies.
Two Martin County deputies are recovering from injuries sustained while serving their community.
Now, the community is returning the favor and raising money to support them through their recoveries.
Detective Zeke Spence shattered his leg during an undercover drug operation. On April 22, 2019, Spence said he was part of a team cracking down on drugs in Hobe Sound. They were searching for people selling drugs, using drugs, and potentially contributing to overdoses. Within seconds of pulling into a community near US 1 and Pettway Street, Spence said his team saw a car drive away quickly. Detectives pulled the car over to see who was inside and they searched the vehicle for drugs. Spence said the driver took off running. Spence ran after the suspect. He broke his leg in multiple places and has had four surgeries. Now, he wears a leg brace daily and goes to physical therapy twice a week. The hardest part, he says, is being on light duty and not back in the mix with his team.
“I miss it, I miss it dearly,” Spence said.
Deputy Shawn Green is recovering from being hit by a car in late January. Green was off-duty and assisting a crash victim on State Road 714. A second crash occurred, seriously injuring Green. His family says he sustained severe facial injuries and multiple broken bones. His jaw is wired shut and will be for seven more weeks. He is recovering at home with family. He faces a long recovery with more surgeries.
Scott Stuck, the owner of Jon Smith Subs in Stuart, said he was compelled to do something to help the deputies. He said he called the Martin County Sheriff’s Office after learning of the death of Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Joseph Bullock. That’s when he said the Martin County Sheriff’s Office told him about Green and Spence. He decided to organize a ‘Law Enforcement Dine-Out’. He did so on Thursday, January 27, and donated all the proceeds from the Jon Smith Subs location at 265 SW Monterey Road which Benefit Green and Spence.
There will be a fundraiser for both men on March 1 at the Piper’s Landing Clubhouse. The ‘Hometown Heroes’ BBQ runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25.