Injured East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputy Nick Tullier recently received a special gift from two nonprofit organizations, according to his family.
Two weeks ago, the Gary Sinise Foundation and Team BlueLine donated Tullier a handicap-accessible Toyota Sienna, which will allow him to ride in the passenger area, something that his father James Tullier said was important to the family.
“How do we express our gratefulness to these two foundations?” James Tullier posted Thursday morning on the “Nick Tullier Strong” Facebook page. “We’re very humbled to say the least. They didn’t have to. All we can say to them is thank you.”
James Tullier said that the vehicle is optimal for his son because of door height clearance, headroom and an entry ramp, rather than a lift. The vehicle also allows for a wheelchair in the front seat. Tullier said that his wife, Mary, and Nick Tullier's fiance, Danielle Mcnicoll, "both insisted on the ability to locate Nick in the passenger area" to help prevent carsickness.
The Gary Sinise Foundation, founded in 2011, aims to create and support programs honoring active duty military members, veterans, first responders and their families. Team BlueLine seeks to raise funds for families of law enforcement officers killed or severely injured in the line of duty.
Tullier was critically injured July 17, 2016, when a lone gunman shot six law enforcement officers, killing three of them outside an Airline Highway convenience store. Doctors initially feared Tullier wouldn't survive his injuries, which included multiple gunshot wounds to his stomach, head and shoulder.
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