LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX18) – A Lexington Police Officer is organizing the effort to build a new home for a Scott County Deputy, Jaime Morales, who is 90 percent paralyzed after a shooting.
The project already has several sponsors, but they still need some land.
“He can focus on getting better and adjusting to what his life is now,” Officer Ryan Holland said.
Since the shooting, Scott County and surrounding communities have set up fundraisers but Officer Holland says he has another need. One acre, on which to build a house for Deputy Morales.
“His dream home is a cabin type home, like his parents are building. So obviously it will probably have to be on the outskirts of town, you’re not going to be able to put that in a normal neighborhood,” Officer Holland said.
This isn’t the first house Officer Holland has been involved with. He is a partner in the building of a home for Amya Catching, a Lexington girl who was paralyzed in a drive-by shooting in 2017. “This is what we’re supposed to do, we’re supposed to serve each other and help each other. Regardless of whether I know you or not. You know, if you’re in need and I have something, I should come out and give it to you,” Officer Holland said.
Despite his injury, Deputy Morales is staying positive. “He really wants to continue to serve his community. He wants to go back to the Sheriff’s department in any capacity that he can.”
Officer Holland says several sponsors, such as Home Depot and Ashley Furniture are already on board. Once land is found, it will take 6 to 8 weeks to get the design of a house approved.
If you know of any land in Scott County that could be used for this project, please contact Officer Holland through the Lexington Police Department.