Austin Police Department officer faces ‘critical’ case of COVID-19

The Austin Police Officer faces a “critical” case of COVID-19

Detective Neely has been with APD for over 10 years, but while battling COVID, those he is supposed to protect and serve are helping out in his need.

Detective Elijah Neely has been with the Austin Police Department for more than a decade, serving the people of his community. But now, as he battles COVID-19, those he is supposed to protect and serve are helping him in his need.

“He dedicated over 10 years of his life to this department and the city,” said Ken Casady, president of the Austin Police Association. “If there is a time to come together when everyone is thinking about COVID-19, it is because we have an officer who needs help.”

Hundreds of Austin police officers had COVID-19, but Casady said Neely was the most critical they have ever seen.

“We just felt we had to do something because this is the sickest person we’ve had in our police department,” he said.

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Neely’s symptoms began in mid-February and he was rushed to a Temple hospital and put on a ventilator. Now Casady says he needs to be rushed to a Dallas hospital and says there are more resources there that can help.

“If we have to come together in a medical crisis like this to protect each other, we all come together and see that the officer is cared for,” he said.

The Texas Peace Officer Association launched a GoFundMe to help cover the family’s medical expenses.

The target was 20,000, but by Sunday the site had already exceeded 28,000.

“All we know is that we have a colleague to look after who has done a fantastic job for our police department.” said. Casady

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