By Julie Montanaro
July 15, 2014
A winning ticket will mean thousands of dollars for three men injured in a shootout at Timberland Ford.
To help raise money for the men, the dealership sold more than 35-hundred tickets for a chance to win a brand new FORD F-150 pick up.
It raised enough money to give Deputy Robert Lundy and employees Mike Cook and John Mahoney $6000 a piece to help in their recovery.
A Perry native who now lives in Tennessee won the truck. According to Timerbland Ford owner Brett Falicon, Amanda Gabers, then sold the truck to her mom and will donate the money to two needy families in her hometown.
Updated By: Julie Montanaro
April 10, 2014, 6pm
How about a brand new truck for $10.00?
One lucky winner will win a Ford F-150 pick-up.
Timberlane Ford is accepting $10.00 donations to help Deputy Robert Lundy and the two employees (Mike Cook and John Mahoney) who were hurt in that shooting rampage in February. One of the donors will win a brand new truck.
"Everybody has come by the dealership, talked to us, it's just been amazing. It's like a family, and we're just trying to take care of our family," said Brett Falicon, Owner of Timberland Ford.
The Ford F150 XL pick up that's up for grabs is silver and worth about $28,000.
The winner will be chosen at Steinhatchee's Scallopalooza on June 28th.
Press Release is below:
Updated By: Julie Montanaro
April 7, 2014, 7pm
A Taylor County deputy was honored today for his life saving actions the day a man opened fire inside a Perry car dealership.
The Big Bend Victims Assistance Coalition gave Robert Lundy that award today via Skype ... as he sat in a wheelchair at Shands Hospital.
BB-VAC gave him the award for all he did to protect customers and employees inside Timberland Ford that day in February.
Lundy was shot in the stomach, but still managed to shoot and kill the gunman. Two employees were also shot and survived.
Event details are attached.
Updated By: Julie Montanaro
March 13, 2014, 6pm
A Taylor County deputy shot in the line of duty will have chicken perlieu on his dinner tray tonight.
Robert Lundy is still hospitalized but hundreds of people gathered today to make sure his family's bills are paid until he can get back on his feet.
"You get the chicken perlieu, cornbread, coleslaw, crackers, and a drink!"
They sold more than 1600 plates in the first hour. The line for a plate of chicken perlieu stretched as far as you could see, $5.00 a plate, to help the family of a deputy shot at close range at a Perry car dealership.
"People come here and just throw money in the kitty without eating."
No one was more surprised and humbled by it all than Deputy Robert Lundy's parents.
"People coming together and helping is just a miracle," said Bobby Lundy, Deputy Lundy's father.
Right in the middle of the food and fellowship, nearly 40 officers and deputies on motorcycles rolled up and presented a check to Lundy's parents.
They can't wait to bring Robert a plate of perlieu, signed by the Leon County Sheriff's deputies who organized the fundraiser.
It raised thousands of dollars to help his family as he recovers from a shocking shooting that nearly took his life.
"It's bittersweet for me because it's my son, and I don't want to see him get hurt; I hate to see that, but he was at the right place at the right time, and I believe that it's God's will that he was there," said Lundy's father.
"It took a couple weeks. Everybody kept saying he's a hero, and it finally sunk in. He is my hero; he's my hometown hero," said Linda Fix, Deputy Lundy's mother.
When the perlieu ran out, LCSO says it had served 1,745 plates, and netted more than $20,000 for the Lundy family.
By Julie Montanaro
March 13, 2014
The Leon County Sheriff's Department held a Chicken Purlieu to benefit Robert Lundy, a Taylor County Deputy who was involved in a shooting incident at a car dealership in Perry, Florida.
During the incident, Deputy Lundy was shot and critically injured before he shot and killed the assailant.
"This is a great way for our community to come together and support a brother in law enforcement, his family and his co-workers while raising money to help offset the staggering costs of his recovery, "
Sheriff Larry Campbell said in a press release prior to the event.
Deputy Lundy spoke for the first time this week since the shooting incident. His first words were "Thank you."
We will bring you much more on the Deputy Lundy's benefit later this evening on WCTV Eyewitness News.
By Julie Montanaro
March 11, 2014
A Taylor County deputy shot in the line of duty spoke for the first time this week.
His first words were "Thank you."
We spoke with his wife just minutes later about Robert Lundy's recovery and the support that has allowed her to be by his side every day.
Kelly Lundy drops off her 7 year old at school each morning, her two year old at her grandparents and makes the 70 mile drive to Shands Hospital to sit by her husband's bed.
"I got a thank you because I handed him a wet rag," Kelly Lundy said with a laugh Monday.
On this day she hears his voice for the first time since he confronted a man with a shotgun inside Timberland Ford. Robert Lundy was shot from less than five feet away.
"Yeah, you could get the call ... like you always say it, but you never expect that to happen ever especially in Perry," Kelly Lundy said, but Robert is living proof never take anything for granted."
Kelly says she had just spoken to Robert minutes earlier, never imagining that Earl Edward Clague would ram his truck through the front window of the dealership where he worked and open fire.
Two employees were shot. Robert just happened to be there getting the oil changed in his patrol car. He took a blast to the belly but managed to shoot and kill Clague.
Somehow all three shooting victims survived.
"God spared Robert for some reason," Kelly Lundy said. "I've always thought he was a hero and, like I said, now everybody else gets to see him the way I've always seen him... they're seeing him through my eyes now, and our children's eyes because he's everything to us. I couldn't imagine him not coming home. I couldn't imagine it."
Robert has been hospitalized ever since the shooting. Kelly says right now Robert has no vision in one eye, his kidneys won't work and he struggles to write and speak. It's been a roller coaster ride of milestones and set backs.
"It's a daily sad, happy, mad, glad. It's daily. The doctor comes in and tells you something you don't want to hear or you get good news and it's followed by something else or you go home to a lonely cold house that you share with your husband and he's not there to make it feel like home with your girls," Kelly Lundy said. "That's the hardest part for me is being home with my girls and he's not there."
"You said angry. Why are you angry?"
"I'm angry for Robert. It's a high price to pay for doing the right thing and to see him struggle with day to day things he shouldn't have to struggle with."
Kelly has been at Robert's bedside every day since the shots rang out February 5th. Her voice cracks as she describes the support - the donations - that have helped pay the family bills and put gas in the tank fuel her daily visits.
"It is so humbling," Kelly Lundy said. "I just feel like thank you is not enough."
The Lundy's are focused now on making small but determined steps on the months long road to recovery.
"God has his arms around Robert and he's going to come home 100%. I refuse to believe anything less than that," Kelly Lundy said.
"Do you think you'll ever get an answer to why this happened?"
"I don't need an answer to why. I really don't. If I never find out that's fine with me. I have what I want and that's him alive."
Our best wishes to Deputy Lundy - and the two employees who were shot that day - for a speedy recovery.
The Leon County Sheriff's Office is hosting a fundraiser for the Lundy family Thursday March 13 from 11am to 1:30 pm in the jail parking lot.
Chicken purlieu, corn bread, slaw and tea all for five bucks a plate.
The Taylor County Sheriff and some of Lundy's family members are expected to be there.
News Release: Leon County Sheriff's Office
Tallahassee, Fla. -- The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is inviting you to help us raise money for Taylor County Deputy Robert Lundy and his family. On February 5, 2014, Deputy Lundy was involved in a shooting incident at a car dealership in Perry, Florida. During the incident, Deputy Lundy was shot and critically injured before he shot and killed the assailant. Deputy Lundy’s quick thinking and selfless actions unquestionably saved many lives. Deputy Lundy’s injuries remain serious and he is still recovering at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida.
On Thursday, March 13, 2014, members of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting an old fashioned Chicken Purlieu in the employee parking lot at the Leon County Jail. Deputies will be selling and serving chicken with rice, Cole slaw, corn bread, pickles and tea for $5.00 a plate. Cake will also be served/sold for $1.00 a slice.
Please come out and join us for some great food and fellowship as we band together and lend a hand in support of a hero with a wife and two daughters. Taylor County Sheriff L.E. “Bummy” Williams will be there along with members of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office and members of Deputy Lundy’s family.
Sheriff Larry Campbell said, “This is a great way for our community to come together and support a brother in law enforcement, his family and his co-workers while raising money to help offset the staggering costs of his recovery. We look forward to seeing you there.”
Contributions are gratefully accepted. (Please make checks pay able to Robert Lundy)
What: Chicken Purlieu to benefit Deputy Robert Lundy
When: Thursday March 13, 2014 from 11:00am to 1:30pm
Where: Leon County Jail South Parking Lot
Cost: $5.00 a plate