Fundraiser to help former police officer injured in line of duty shooting

Fundraiser to help former police officer injured in line of duty shooting
Parde and a friend in a picture taken one month before he was shot
Parde and a friend in a picture taken one month before he was shot

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A special fundraiser is planned for Friday night in Salisbury for a former Lexington police officer who was shot while on duty in 1992.  David Parde was left paralyzed as a result of his injuries.

"God's not going to give me any more than I can handle, so I just need to shut up and handle it," Parde told WBTV. 

Parde told WBTV that at the time, he didn't even realize that he had been shot, but simply thought he had fallen down.

"I was hearing my partner yell 'David's been shot, David's been shot, run!' So I'm like, shot? I haven't been shot, I just fell," Parde remembered. "And in an instant I thought 'oh my gosh, I have been shot.' I started yelling 'call my momma, call my momma.'  And all of a sudden, the sun comes out, and it's the most beautiful day, the sun is shining, and it's so quiet it's deafening.  It is so silent that my ears hurt, and that grass that I thought needed to be cut was the prettiest green grass that I've ever seen.  I looked over to the side of me, and I count one, two, three, four, five, six.  I count six brown feet standing about so high off the ground with a white robe draped across each set of feet."

The next thing Parde remembered was hearing the voice of his partner.

"He was yelling 'talk to me Dave, talk to me,' and I said 'well I'm fine Scott, the angels are with me,' and I heard myself take my last breath of air, and that's when I drowned in my own blood."

Parde, known to friends as "Hot Wheels" was saved and is now confined to a wheelchair, but he doesn't let that slow him down very much.  A cigar aficionado, Parde is a frequent customer at Salisbury "The Perfect Smoke" on S. Lee Street.

Discovering that the lift equipment inside Parde's van, and the van itself, were in need of replacement, Perfect Smoke's Jeff Watkins and Darren Moody decided to put together an event to help David.

The fundraiser will be held Friday night from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm at The Perfect Smoke.  A donation of $60 includes four cigars, torch lighter, cigar cutter, cap and five raffle tickets.  There is also a silent auction with items such as a Ventura Cigar humidor and mirror, an alarm system from Simple Solutions of Salisbury, and more.

All of the money raised will be used for the purchase of new lift equipment.  Parde's wife is also working to find the money necessary for a new van.

You can visit Parde's Go Fund Me page here: http://www.gofundme.com/david-039-svan