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Kalamazoo public safety officer who was hit by a suspected drunk driver

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Saturday was a full day of fundraising to help a Kalamazoo public safety officer who was hit by a suspected drunk driver.

Tom Maher was riding his motorcycle to work last month when he was hit on North Riverview Drive, paralyzing him from the waist down. In addition, his medical team had to amputate his left leg below the knee, according to his family.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said the driver who hit Maher was believed to be intoxicated. Investigators are waiting on results from the driver’s blood test, which could take up to six weeks, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office said.

Jason Crocker, a master mechanic who services Kalamazoo’s fleet vehicles – including its police cruisers and fire engines – said he personally knows Maher, who is a husband and a father of three.

“He’s a very down-to-earth guy, family guy,” said Crocker. “He’ll crack a joke when it’s right. But he’s serious and he is dedicated to his job.”

To help Maher in his recovery, Jason Crocker and his wife, Jody, organized a benefit that took place on Saturday at Mayors’ Riverfront Park in Kalamazoo. The event featured dozens of vendors showcasing their crafts, jewelry, clothes and woodwork, with proceeds going to the Maher family.


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