Detroit police help officer shot in line of duty 15 years ago

Detroit police help officer shot in line of duty 15 years ago

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DETROIT (WJBK) - In December of 1998, two Detroit police officers were shot as they tried to pull over a van involved in a kidnapping. One officer survived; one did not.

Now, more than 15 years later, the surviving officer is on disability and struggling to make ends meet. His brothers in blue are coming together to make desperately needed improvements to his home.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to watch the report from FOX 2's Andrea Isom, or read the transcript below.

Click here if you would like to make a donation to the officer.
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We all know that police officers see a lot and not much frightens them. But there is something that scares them about the job - hearing on their police radio, getting a call or seeing breaking news that a fellow officer has been shot.

Brothers and sisters in blue have a faithful bond that can never be broken. Laying their lives on the line comes at a cost and that is something they will forever have in common.

"We're there for each other. We're all we've got when we're out there," says Detroit Officer Brett Letwin. .

The oath they take to wear the badge and battle crime in the city of Detroit deserves our honor, our admiration and our respect.

"They want you to go out here and make this city safe. ... This is the results. ... I was paralyzed," says the officer.

In December of 1998, the piercing sound of gunfire took down two Detroit police officers. Sadness and grief filled this city that day - and still does.

"Officer Todd and his partner Bandy were going to stop a vehicle that was involved in a kidnapping. The perpetrator opened up the rear of the car and starting firing into the scout car," says Letwin.

Officer Shawn Bandy was killed and Officer Mike Todd was critically wounded, shot in the face. The force from that thug's weapon did so much damage.

"It's hard to hear that it happened to a fellow officer and to hear that on the radio, of them calling for help," says Letwin.

"This man's life was definitely changed. I mean, his life was basically taken away from him," says Detroit Officer Michael Wilson.

But what hurts him, maybe even more that was happened that day in December, was the promise that was made to him that he would be paid for his service to the city, that he would have insurance, that if he were ever hurt in the line of duty ...

"I expected them to help me financially with the medical bills that I had incurred through all this," says the officer.

That is the least that should be done for those who wear this uniform. They have our backs, but now they wonder who has their's?

"Some of these is medical bills right here. When I see the mailman coming I get scared," he says.

"He has a lot of bills," says Letwin.

"I take a bottle of medicine like this that cost me 50 to 100 dollars," the officer says.

"He has been dropped by the city of Detroit for his insurance," says Letwin.

"I thank God that I made it this far and that I survived," the officer says.

But now every single second is a struggle, but guess who is there to help pick up the slack.

"He needs help. That's what we're here for and that's what we are going to do," says Letwin.

"I would want someone to help me out if it was me. So, I'm definitely going to be here; my family is coming; and I've got to help out my extended family," says Wilson.

"We're going to come here and do the roof. We had somebody who just came cut the lawn. He's got a pool in the backyard here that needs to be taken down. Weeds obviously, and he's got a mailbox that needs to be taken care of," Letwin says.

"I just want you to know that anytime that you need anything you can call and we're going to come," says Wilson.

"I love them so much for that and I thank them for that and I really appreciate it. They make me feel like somebody cares when others don't," the officer says.

On Saturday morning so much love and so much help is on the way for Officer Todd. Click here if you would like to make a donation to the hero.

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