Paralyzed Olive Branch Police Officer Needs Your Help Getting New Van

(Olive Branch, MS) An Olive Branch police officer shot in the line of duty needs your help.

A bullet pierced Mark Ayers’ spine in 2006, paralyzing him from the chest down and forcing him to be in a wheelchair the rest of his life.

“As I was getting out of the car, he started shooting back at me, and I got shot twice,” said Ayers.

The memory haunts him.

On June 29, 2006, the Olive Branch police officer was shot during a routine traffic stop.

The bullet pierced his lungs and spine, destroyed his liver, and left him paralyzed.

“It affects everybody. You just try to do the best you can. You just try to keep moving forward as long as possible,” said Ayers.

But Ayers hit a roadblock.

His handicap accessible van is getting old and falling apart. It’s making it harder for him to run errands, visit family and go to work.

“I have had numerous problems with my lift,” said Ayers.

And that’s just one of the many issues.

The repairs are getting too expensive, and a new van can cost around $40,000 – money he doesn’t have.

The click of a button is all it would take to help Ayers.

He’s entered a contest by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. Four people with the most votes will win a new van equipped for wheelchairs.

Ayers is keeping his fingers crossed for a victory that would change his life.

If you would like to cast your vote to help him out, click here.

Ayers entered the contest last year three weeks before the contest ended and got around 10,000 votes. He didn’t win.

11 comments

  • Will Cushman

    Makes no difference what the race of the criminals was, except that it is part of their physical description. What matters is that these would-be murderers left a good man paralyzed for life.

  • James

    Is it just me that thinks a man who lost so much in the line of duty shouldn’t have to win a contest in order to get something he obviously needs?! Especially when he only needs it due to the injuries he sustained protecting the community. The state and local government that Mark served and sacrificed so much for should be making sure he doesn’t have to beg for votes in some contest to get what he needs!

  • WILLIE M MORRIS

    THIS OFFIFCER WAS INJURED IN THE LINE OF DUTY–WHY CANT THE OLIVE BRANCH POLICE DEPARTMENT PAY FOR THIS VEHICLE FOR HIM…..IS THIS THE ULTIMATE SACRAFICE BESIDE LOSING HIS LIFE….. OLIVE BRANCH PD, PLEASE DO WHATEVER YOU ALL CAN TO HELP THIS OFFICER..TRANSPORTATION IS A BARE NECESSITY..MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THIS VERY UNSELFISH YOUNG MAN WHO LOST HIS MOBILITY TRYING TO PROTECT HIS CITY.

    • David Kelly

      I too am in a wheelchair and enrolled in the same contest. I wonder what he will do with his old worn out van. I am in need of a van as well. I have no van period. Complete immobility is far worse than a broken down van. At least he can move around.
      Maybe if he wins a van, maybe he could give his old van away. A disabled man helping another disabled man?

  • Frank L.

    The MS workers compensation laws are the reason for this. He was injured on the job and the City of Olive Branch has been paying some stupid insurance company beaucoup bucks in premiums to cover THIS VERY EXPENSE. Contact your representative and tell them to STOP changing the law like this http://www.sos.ms.gov/ACProposed/00019998b.pdf
    and start taking care of their injured workers, especially our police, fire and ems. They are the ones who take care of us when we need it. It’s time we take care of them!!!

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