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Barbecue, auction benefit recovery of Seguin officer hit by van

Jerry Guerrero struck on duty in August

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SEGUIN, Texas – The Seguin Police Department and community came together to hold a benefit event Saturday to help Officer Jerry Guerrero and his family.

Guerrero was injured on Aug. 29 in an on-duty motorcycle accident. 

"It was unbelievable because I didn't expect the turnout that we are seeing and just to see how many people care about us and that don't even know us," said Guerrero's wife Amanda.

Guerrero was hit by a minivan as he prepared to make a traffic stop. He was airlifted to the hospital but had to have his leg amputated.

"It's been overwhelming, but since the beginning he hasn't felt upset, not one single bit. I mean, he's not angry at the situation," Amanda Guerrero said.

Organizers held an auction and raffle, as well as sold barbecue plates to raise money for Guerrero and his family.

Guerrero was recovering from his 11th surgery and unable to make the event but delivered a special message from his hospital bed.

"I would like to thank everyone for being there for my family and helping me out though this tough situation. I haven't been home in over a month," said Jerry Guerrero.

Benefit organizers are hoping to raise $35,000 to reduce the financial stress on the family.

"We were, of course, struggling financially before all this happened, so it's actually a relief, just a relief to not have to worry," Amanda Guerrero said.