LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Law Enforcement officers from all over East Texas gathered on Saturday for a skeet shoot to benefit two injured East Texas Law Enforcement officers.
Zack Mills and Henry Alvarado work for separate forces but were both injured in the line of duty.
Mills is a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety and was injured during a high speed chase over a month ago.
Mills was run over after laying spike strips on the road and broke his knee cap and shattered his femur.
"I ran out of the road trying to get away from him and that's whenever we noticed that he gunned his truck and he gassed on it and he ran over me," said Mills.
Alvarado is a Game Warden for Texas Parks and Wildlife and was injured during a boating accident.
Alvarado was flung from the boat and severed his thigh on the boat propeller.
"It happened all of a sudden, I mean within seconds and it took awhile for me to come to my senses of what really happened," said Alvarado.
Both men are on leave until they fully recovery and are receiving work compensation, but since that only covers some of their expenses their fellow officers decided to hold this benefit to help cover what was left.
"The state pays for all of their medicals, but they don't have any of the incidentals covered. Everything has tripled and doubled in the last few years, they need all of the help they can get," said Event Coordinator and Center Police Officer, John Welch.
Welch said more than 65 shooters participated in the benefit and he expects to raise close to $16,000 to be split between Mills and Alvarado.
"It took a lot of work to bring this together, we appreciate all of that and thank the community too for all that they have done," said Mills.
"It's a great turnout and we are a small community, so you can tell that there is a great support for law enforcement from every department. I truly appreciate it," said Alvarado.
Alvarado still has quite a bit of therapy to go through, but expects to be back at work within a year.
Mills has to go through one more surgery and says he will be back on duty in about 10 months.