Friends step in to help Deputy Logan Armistead

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It's been more than a month since an off-duty Calcasieu Sheriff's deputy was brutally attacked outside a Lake Charles bar. It happened at Nate's Place. Lake Charles Police say Anthony Chaumont and Jake Tullos attacked 26-year-old Logan Armistead, beating him unconscious. Though Logan still remains in coma, his friends have stepped into to help offset his mounting medical bills.

"He's been in a the hospital a while now. I believe a month and a half and you know he is still in coma so we are trying to raise money for him, to help his family out... help him out... it's all for a good cause," said Grant Strenth.

They've set up shop in the Prien Lake Mall. Raffling off a Play Station 3 and at five bucks a pop - lots of people are taking their chances to give Logan a chance. Following the attack, he spent more than a month recovering at a Lafayette hospital from severe head trauma until recently being moved back to Christus Saint Patrick Hospital in Lake Charles.

"He's making progress every single day, but it's been very, very slow," said Strenth.

Janne Crews can relate, "Our daughter was in a car accident in June of 2008. And had a brain injury really serious. And somebody emailed me about Logan and so when I stopped by today and saw his name I decided that I needed to do something about it."

While Crews gave her five dollars, she's hoping her experience will get Logan the help he needs. "I gave them the information of where we went for Kate's injury to Atlanta, Georgia to a facility that takes patients that are in a coma, because a lot of facilities won't take them," explained Crews.

While his family remains by his bedside, they can be comforted to know they have an entire community waiting with them for Logan to wake up.

The raffle will be held at a fundraiser later this month on September 26th.

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