Community, police come together for officer fighting lupus - WNEM TV 5

Community, police come together for officer fighting lupus

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BURTON, MI (WNEM) -

Burton Police Chief Tom Osterholzer fought back tears – tears that roll down a familiar track on his face.

"When you stop and visit her in the hospital you walk out and you try not to let her see the tears forming in your eyes," Osterholzer said. "She goes out there and does a great job every day and doesn't take crap from anyone and does a very professional job."

Osterholzer is talking about Amanda Eads, a 9-year veteran on his force. Eads hasn’t walked through the doors of the station in a while. Instead, the young officer is spending her days in and out of the hospital after a recent lupus diagnosis.

"Unfortunately, it has attacked her kidneys severely and she's been off work for two months," Osterholzer said.

Medical bills are piling up and her colleagues at the station are reaching out for help. They started a GoFundMe page and are planning a community fundraiser.

"The department has gathered together with the entire city to put on a fundraiser to help offset some of those enormous costs she's facing," Osterholzer said.

As for Eads, her colleagues, like Sgt. Shawn Duncanson, said she continues to face each battle with that signature smile missed around the department.

"She still has a really good outlook on what's going on," Duncanson said.

Osterholzer said, "She just finds a way to bore a little hole in your heart and get there. This is tough, it's been tough on all of us."

There is no telling how long Eads will be out of work.

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