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True Blue
July 26, 2018

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If broken hearts weep, Lee County is bleeding blue.

Fort Myers Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller, 29, was critically injured in the line of duty Saturday, shot in the head while responding to an early evening call at a gas station.

Rushed to the Lee Memorial Hospital Trauma Center, he has undergone two surgeries and, while showing "positive signs" was still listed in critical, but stable, condition on Thursday.

The law enforcement community has rallied around its brother in arms, with multiple agencies providing immediate assistance and officers by the score lining up to donate blood or money for mounting medical bills, any follow-up health issues and the expected cost of rehabilitation therapies.

It's an extraordinary outpouring of effort in the wake of what is every law enforcement family's worst nightmare.

Also commendable is the community outreach with residents rolling up their sleeves for blood donations and opening checkbooks to boost the balance in the Go Fund Me account set up for Officer Jobbers-Miller.

Interested in showing support?

While police personnel and residents alike literally lined up out the door to give blood to meet - and then exceed - the immediate need, Lee Health is always accepting blood donations.

Donors can visit any of four locations: Lee Memorial Hospital, Cape Coral Hospital, Summerlin Crossings and the Bonita Community Health Center. For more information or donor center hours call (239) 343-2333.

And while the FMPD reports that "overwhelming support of our community, businesses, fellow first responders and many other generous contributors" has boosted the official Go Fund Me account to assist Officer Jobbers-Miller to about $45,000, donations are also still being accepted - and are much needed.

Anyone interested in assisting financially can do so at gofundme.com/officer-adam-jobbersmiller-fund.

It would be nice to see the donation tally break six figures.

Fund raisers are also popping up countywide, including at least three here in the Cape this weekend and next.

Wingnuts Pub and Grub will host a fundraiser for Officer Jobbers- Miller from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Saturday.

They will have a dunk tank, bounce house and wings all day.

A $20 donation will get you six wings and fries.

A $10 donation will get you three throws at the dunk tank.

They also will be accepting donations of any amount for the injured officer.

Dixie Roadhouse will hold a fundraiser for Officer Jobbers-Miller this Sunday from 6-10 p.m.

A $5 donation will be requested at the door with children admitted free.

Whiskey Bent will provide the live entertainment at the fundraiser which will include food, raffles, a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing.

The Dixie is accepting donations - gift certificates, baskets and other items - for auction. They just need to be delivered by 4 p.m. Sunday so they can be included in the effort.

Next Saturday, All Heart Entertainment will host a no limit Texas hold 'em poker fundraiser to benefit Officer Jobbers-Miller.

The Aug. 4 fundraiser will take place at the Moody River Grille in North Fort Myers.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. with cards dealt at 6:30.

For a $75 donation, participants will receive a seat in the tournament as well as dinner. There also will be a 50/50 drawing, with all funds raised going to the officer and his family.

All Heart Entertainment co-owner Dominique "Nicky" Minor Sierra, whose brother Maurice is engaged to Officer Jobbers-Miller's sister, put a personal note on the fundraiser.

"People should come out to support their fellow officer in our community, because without hesitation, Adam does this every single day, not knowing if he's coming home or not, to make our community a better and safer place. Even though this is Adam's job, he is selfless and humble to do his best for us not knowing all of us," she said.

We add our prayers for Officer Jobbers-Miller and his family, both blood and blue.

And we thank him for his service.

Things are sometimes heartbreakingly hard on the front line.

Editor's note:

Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller died Saturday.

"It is with a heavy heart that we inform our community that Fort Myers Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller has passed away as a result of the injuries sustained on Saturday, July 21st," the FMPD said in a press release issued shortly before 7 p.m. "We ask that you continue to pray for Officer Jobbers-Miller's family, friends and our entire Fort Myers Police Department Family."

The outpouring of support from the community continues.

Sunday's fundraiser at the Dixie Roadhouse will go on as scheduled. Funds raised will be donated to Officer Jobbers-Miller's family.

- Breeze editorial

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