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‘Spirit Day’ Raises Money for Injured Augusta Deputy

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Augusta County deputies say they're a "family within a family." That's why the department is rallying around one of its members seriously injured in a crash earlier this month. 

A series of events aims to help Deputy Joseph Sholes through a long rehab. Sheriff's deputies tell us they know of the risks every time they go in service or put their patrol cars in drive. That hit home on January 4, when Sholes was involved in a high-speed crash while responding to an emergency call.

Right now at the Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Waynesboro, his fellow deputies are raising money to help with medical bills resulting from the accident. During a "spirit day," a percentage of the food sales will go toward the department's effort.

Friends say Sholes and his family face a long road to recovery.

"His rehabilitation will take his wife out of work as well to try to help him. He is at home with his children and his family, and it's extremely important for us to make sure Joe gets all the care that he needs," said Derek Almarode with the Augusta County Sheriff's Office.

Sholes broke both legs and shattered an ankle during the single-car crash on Route 340 near Crimora. He does intend to return to the sheriff's office, after what's likely to be several months of rehab.

The event in Waynesboro continues until 10:00 Wednesday night. If you'd like another chance to help out there's a benefit dinner set for February 9 at Memorial Baptist Church in Staunton.

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