To support local combat veterans who through their dedication to serve, have suffered devastating injuries.
This year we are honored to sponsor Corporal Timothy I. Butler.
Tim Butler began his career with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office as a correctional officer on February 6, 1989. He became a Deputy on January 5, 1990. Tim is well known throughout the community; anyone who meets him loves him. He is genuine and treats all people fairly. Tim retired medically on July 31, 2012 as a Corporal due to injuries from a cycling accident. After a year of recovery, he came back to work with his family at the Sheriff’s Office as a civilian employee monitoring the cameras at the Circuit Courthouse for St. Mary’s County. Tim could be seen walking the streets of Leonardtown daily during his lunch break.
On July 18, 2018, Tim was involved in another unfortunate cycling accident. As a result, he was severely injured and transported to Baltimore Shock Trauma. It was determined Tim’s injuries damaged his spine significantly making him quadriplegic as he was unable to move his arms or legs. Tim went through two surgeries to repair a portion of his vertebrae and had to be intubated to assist with his breathing for several weeks. It was a true blessing to hear his voice again … anyone that knows Tim, knows he loves to talk! To assist with strengthening his respiratory system Tim went through another surgery to have a tracheotomy placed.
Mid-September, after some health scares with pneumonia, fluid on the lungs, etc. Tim was transferred to MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C. His stay at this facility allowed for intensive therapy where they vigorously worked to strengthen his respiratory system, core strength and muscle function in his extremities. By the time he came to the end of his stay here, Tim was able to move his right arm very slightly; still no movement in his fingers, left arm or legs.
As a result of the health insurance no longer willing to cover the cost of rehabilitation, Tim was released to go home Friday, March 1, 2019. His family is trying to maintain the same level of care; however, this is proving to be difficult. Insurance only pays for a home health nurse to come to the home three times a week for approximately an hour, hour and a half each visit.
Any additional care for Tim is an out of pocket expense which is very costly. Tim’s primary physician strongly suggests 24 hour care due to his current medical needs. A vehicle is needed to transport him to his appointments. Our local volunteers have been helping out but we realize this is temporary. The Butler family appreciates all the love and support that continues to pour in every day.
Hits 4 Heroes prior success is because of you and our community. For those not new to our events we say thank you for your past and continued support. Without you we could not have previously provided the financial gifts, but more importantly support through our friendships, love and respect for our past recipients.