Helping a Florence hero

POSTED: 06:37 PM MDT Oct 31, 2012 
Florence, CO -

A Florence man was shot in the line of duty 11 years ago, but is still reminded of that day.

It’s not just physical challenges. His financial problems continue to plague him.

The shooting paralyzed him and its been an uphill battle ever since.

“If I only knew that would be the last time I walked through the front doors,” said Toby Bethel.

His wheelchair is a constant reminder of that terrible day.  

"I heard that a sheriff deputy had been shot and killed, at that point I told Misty, my wife, that I had to go," said Bethel.

Bethel was shot when he arrived on scene and was paralyzed. His medical bills are covered through workers  comp, but now he has no health insurance for his family.

His son was injured in an accident a few years ago. They’ve been in the red ever since.

“We don't ask for help that's not something we do. So, this is really weird,” said Bethel.

That’s where InCause comes in. A new organization founded in September to help different causes.

“He (Bethel) did his duty to protect and take care of the citizens of his town,” said InCause founder Trevor Heaton.

InCause makes donation easy.

“It allows people to tie their bills to a cause they want to support. For example, if you order your CenturyLink, you can tie that bill to a cause and 5 percent of that bill will go to support a cause you support every single month,” said Heaton.

Heaton hopes this will be a solution to Bethel’s financial troubles.

But, Bethel will be reminded of that terrible day for the rest of his life.

“I'm suppose to take care of all this stuff. I'm suppose to take care of my gutters when it gets leaves in it. I'm suppose to take care of my house if it needs reroofed. I'm suppose to trim my trees if they need trimming, that's what I'm suppose to do,” said Bethel.

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