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Fundraiser scheduled for injured officer

— The family of a school resource officer injured last month will soon receive donations courtesy of the Suwanee Police Department and Lanier High School faculty.

The two groups will come together next week for a “hoops challenge” at 6 p.m. on March 15 at the Lanier High School gym to raise money to benefit the family of Rolando Jimenez. Jimenez, a school resource officer at Lanier, suffered internal bleeding, a broken pelvis and a knee injury when he was struck by a car directing traffic outside the school on Feb. 13.

A surgery soon after the incident set Jimenez’ jaw and addressed internal bleeding.

Suwanee police officer Rob McCoy organized the event because he said he’s worked with Jimenez on several occasions and, “just being one of us, to relieve some stress with bills,” for Jimenez’ family, which includes four children.

McCoy said Ippolitos would provide pizza for sale, and the Lanier Football Association would provide drinks. Other food will be for sale, and a $5 donation will be suggested at the door.

“Anything that can help them in easing the pain as far as having any stress about finances,” McCoy said. “The community has braced their arms around the family.”

McCoy said the basketball game was chosen because of “March Madness” and a way to attract people from the community.

McCoy said Jimenez still has his jaw wired shut, and recently had surgery on a knee.

Jimenez’ wife, Melissa, wrote on the Facebook page “Get Well Officer Jimenez” on Tuesday that it was the first day he sat unassisted.

“He didn’t last long but he did it!” she wrote.

Also on Tuesday, Jimenez came off blood pressure medicine, and his white blood cell count was within a normal range. A doctor also said he neared the end of a bout with pneumonia, Melissa wrote on Facebook.

Doctors won’t allow Jimenez to put weight on either leg for two or three months, his wife wrote.

“Officer Jimenez has been making slow but steady progress over the last few days,” Melissa wrote. “The therapist’s goal is to teach him how to transfer himself from bed to wheelchair and vice versa without much assistance.”