The Samaritan in question is Sheriff’s Deputy Stephanie Schroeder.
“This act of kindness from one of our members makes my heart swell,” said Sheriff Thomas Dougherty. “Sheriff’s Deputies are unique, in that they all reside in the county and have a vested interest in our local communities.”
The donation was made by Schroeder to the Miller family of Caledonia via a gofundme post. Gofundme.com is a crowd funding website that allows individuals to make donations to a particular cause, from volunteer funding to fiscal support for education.
Schroeder donated to the Miller family after husband and father of two children, Jesse Miller, fell 20 feet off of his tree stand while hunting this past Monday, November 3. Miller is the sole provider for his family and will be out of work for at least six months, and in a wheelchair for at least three of the six months.
“The posting leapt off the screen at me,” said local resident, Tim Rohrbach. “This is a demonstration of the Sheriffs Office desire to truly go above and beyond what is asked of them, whether they are on duty or off.”
Sheriff Dougherty said that because of the nature of Sheriff’s Deputies, many have relationships with residents of the county, even on first name basis.
The Miller family has currently a fraction of what their monetary goal is. All money will be going toward supporting the family. According to the Go Fund Me petition, Miller is currently hospitalized with a broken femur, broken knee on his left side, and a shattered heel on the right. Miller has already had surgery on his femur and knee and is waiting for heel reconstruction. Any small amount of money will help this family’s cause.
The story was brought to our attention by Tim Rohrbach who recognized the special gesture that indicated Schroeder’s quality of character and if you would like to make a donation to the Miller family please visit their page at http://www.gofundme.com/gsub10
*Story updated 11/7/2014 at 6:20 p.m.