Tragedy struck again for the family of a Taylor County sheriff’s deputy who survived a shotgun blast in the line of duty, when their home was destroyed in Hurricane Hermine.
Deputy Robert Lundy was hit by a shotgun blast in 2014 while stopping an active shooter at a Perry, Florida, car dealership.
When Hurricane Hermine hit, floodwaters poured into his Steinhatchee home, destroying nearly everything inside.
“Folks, they lost everything but the shell of their house,” a GoFundMe page set up for the family said. “This hero and his family have been faced with the loss of a lifetime of memories in photos, possessions and all those things that make a house a home.”
The home had to be gutted, dried and treated to prevent mold, the page said.
“The flooding was so devastating, their refrigerator was floating around the house at one point,” the GoFundMe post said. “Many of their things floated out of the house and settled in the woodline when the water receded.”
Law enforcement agencies across the state have been making public pleas for people to step up and help Lundy and his family.
“Deputy Sheriff Robert Lundy is an inspiration to law enforcement everywhere and a hero to the Taylor County community that he protected with such pride, bravery and dedication,” the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page. “(He took) a shotgun blast in 2014 and still managed to neutralize the threat despite the injury and pain, to protect the lives of others around him.”