JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- He was forced to retire early from JSO, then mounting medical bills forced his family from its home.
But now Darrell Powell's former co-workers are raising money to help him get back on his feet.
This is a proud family and hasn't asked for help, but Darrell Powell's former co-workers are raising money for him by holding a golf tournament at Bent Creek Golf Club on Dec. 14.
"Overwhelmed. It's amazing to see the outpouring and the phone calls," said Powell.
The close family enjoys spending time together, but family members have had challenges through the years.
Oldest son Brad was born with spina bifida. He's now 25 and in a wheelchair, but said even when he was little he needed crutches or a walker.
Darrell Powell, worked at JSO for 22 years but was forced to retire early when he started having medical problems of his own. "I wasn't even taking an aspirin and it all started coming on. I had a lot of trouble with cramping in the arms and legs, and my neck as well."
The family has stayed close through it all, taking care of each other. "I'm trying to help him out whether it's cramping in his hands or feet," said Brad Powell.
The youngest son, Clay, stays busy helping his dad and older brother while also working and attending school. "You slowly get to the point where everyone is helping each other."
Mounting medical bills forced the family to move out of its home of 16 years. "You just take it one day at a time; that's all we can live," said mom Sherry Powell.
Although he left the force three years ago, Powell was not forgotten and for that he is grateful. "You don't realize how tight the bond is until you're in need and it's amazing the outpouring from people I haven't heard from in three years since I retired."
If you would like to participate in the golf tournament or help in another way, call Officer Mark Bialkoski at (904) 514-0046.
First Coast News