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Community helps ETX game warden get back on his feet after shooting


An East Texas game warden who was shot in the chest back in December needs your help getting back on his feet. 

Chris Fried is recovering at home in Cooper, TX, just north of Sulphur Springs. Fried was shot by hunters at a local wildlife area and was left alone on the ground. Two hunters from Illinois were arrested for the shooting.

Sheriff's deputies found Fried a few hours later and rushed him to a local hospital. 

Fried is now focusing on getting better and his friends are finding all sorts of ways to help him get there. 

"We're a big group, you know, the game warden wives. We support one another, encourage each other, pray for each other," says Amanda West, whose husband also works as an East Texas game warden. 

West says what happened to Fried hit too close to home, "It could be any one of our husbands, you know. He wasn't even on the job, but he always has that game warden badge on no matter if he's wearing the uniform or not."

Officials say Fried was out bow hunting at The Cooper Wildlife Management Area between Paris and Sulphur Springs when he saw a light. Officials say he went to see if someone was illegally hunting and that's when he was hit by a bullet. 

Fried was taken to a Dallas hospital and recently returned home to continue his recovery. 

"He's doing good. He has two more surgeries that they'll have to go back to Parkland so definitely the medical expenses are continuing even though he's home now," says West.

To help with those costs, West is selling T-shirts. She already has 300 orders. 

"We've gotten orders from Iowa. I've gotten emails from people who don't even know Chris and Jamie that went to Texas A&M, just fellow Aggies," West says.

One of those fellow Aggies is printing the design on the shirts for free. West says Fried's wife is speechless, "She is so beyond thankful for everyone's support. Even if they can't give monetarily, just the prayers and words of support, they are very, very appreciative."

West says Fried is dying to get back to work. Fortunately, he has a lot of people on his team. 

Again, two people from Illinois were arrested and charged in connection with Fried's shooting. They are being held in the Delta County Jail. 

If you would like to buy one of the shirts being sold to support Fried, click here

You can also donate to a separate fund created for the Fried family by clicking here.

Donation accounts are also set up for Chris Fried at First National Bank and Enloe State Bank in Cooper, TX or you can donate at the Guaranty Bond Bank in Sulphur Springs. 

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