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Fundraiser to be held for Kzoo Co. reserve officer, wife after crash
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Kalamazoo County Reserve Officer and his wife are struggling to recover after being injured in a traffic crash.
Kalamazoo County Sheriff's officials say 69-year-old John Pincumbe and his wife Linda were critically injured in a traffic crash last month in Pennsylvania.
The couple is still in the hospital.
Now, the Sheriff's Department is organizing an event to help raise money for the Pincumbe's recovery.
They say John Pincumbe has served the community for nearly two decades, and it's now their turn to give back to him.
On October 15, John and Linda Pincumbe were on their way home from visiting family in Virginia.
But on I-70 in Pennsylvania, something happened.
Their car crashed into the back of a dump truck, ripping off the top of the vehicle and pinning the couple inside.
"They were inside the vehicle for a good 45 minutes after the crash while the emergency personnel were trying very hard to get them out," explained Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller.
John is a 19 year veteran of the Kalamazoo County Reserve Officer Division.
Doing everything from riding out in the patrol cars with us, in fact, he used to ride with me years ago, working inside the jail - doing events, anywhere that we have an event and we need the extra help - our reserve division is there," Sheriff Fuller said of John's tenure.
That's why he says now it's their turn to be there for one of their own, and organize a benefit dinner for this weekend.
"We're just trying to do our part in this community to help recognize this family for their service," Sheriff Fuller said.
"It was very scary for us because when you have someone 400 miles away that is a friend or someone that you look to for many different things, involved in an accident you're very worried about them," he added.
Sheriff Fuller also said some were looking at making plans to go visit.
"We know it will be approximately a 7 hour trip for us and we're seriously considering split day from work and coming back the next day," he said.
The fundraiser will take place on Saturday at the Masonic Lodge in Schoolcraft from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Any donations are greatly appreciated.
As for the cause of the crash, it is still under investigation, but it may have been the result of a medical issue.