The Madison County community is rallying behind a sheriff’s deputy injured in the line of duty to help meet his current need of a new home as a result of injuries from the incident.
Brad Sullivan was shot in the head twice in 2019 while in pursuit of a kidnapping suspect. The injuries left him paralyzed on his left side and without eyesight in his right eye. Despite his injuries, he survived the incident to go home to his two children, but now he faces a new challenge as his current rental house is unsuited for his physical disabilities.
“It is a miracle that he is here having been shot twice in the head,” Madison County Deputy Sheriff Dwayne Moak said. “It is truly God’s plan for him to be here, and we feel that Brad needs to have the ability to live a somewhat normal life because he stepped up to the plate to protect our citizens when the time came.”
Moak and Lieutenant Joey Butler launched a fundraiser on Aug. 31 with one goal: build Sullivan a house that will be accommodating to his limitations. Construction is expected to take 6-8 months once it begins after the funds are received through donations. Moak said they are hoping to have the project completed in eight months so Sullivan can move into a home suited for him.
“It is going to require a lot of special accommodations from cabinets lowered to the size of the hallways,” Moak said. “Everything has to be made to be compliant for someone who is in a handicap situation.”
This new home will allow Sullivan to live a comfortable life that is desired for him by his coworkers and community. Moak said he is a very positive person who hasn’t let his situation get him down.
“Brad is very strong willed and has done a tremendous amount of work to move forward from his situation,” Moak said. “We feel like we owe him the ability to live as normal of a life as he can.”
Moak said he and Butler have had a good response so far through their soft launch of the fundraiser and will remain committed to the project and Sullivan to see it through. They are grateful to Madison County and the surrounding community, which he said has been very supportive of Sullivan and the law enforcement community as a whole.
“We feel truly blessed that we live in an area where we have the ability to have a project like this and have the support we are getting,” Moak said. “We look forward to the day the ground is actually broken for this home, and we look forward to the day when he goes into that house and it’s his home.”
Donations of funds and services for Sullivan’s home can be made at www.ahomeforbrad.org.