MOUNTED PATROL BEGINS FUNDRAISER FOR INJURED DEPUTY

MOUNTED PATROL BEGINS FUNDRAISER FOR INJURED DEPUTY

The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Mounted Patrol will raffle off one of two firearms, with proceeds going to the family of Deputy Scott Knoll, who was critically injured April 20 while responding to a train-car collision south of Las Cruces.

Knoll’s motorcycle collided with a car while he was en route to the other accident. Knoll was thrown over the car, which then rolled on top of him. He suffered multiple broken bones. His convalescence is expected to take months or years.

The raffle winner can choose between a Winchester 7 millimeter rifle with a Simmons 3x9 telescopic sight or a specialized Remington 12 gauge shotgun. Carol Ferri and her son, Gino Ferri, of Las Cruces donated both firearms for the raffle.

Only 1,000 tickets will be sold, with the drawing to be conducted after the ticket sales are completed. Raffle tickets are $15 each and may be purchased from any Mounted Patrol member, or by calling (505) 373-3737.

A June 10 car wash event at the Las Cruces K-Mart on El Paseo Road raised nearly $5,000 for Knoll and his family, according to South Valley Volunteer Fire Department Chief Cosme Padilla, whose department organized the multi-agency event. A cashier’s check for $4,920 will be presented to Knoll at a 6 p.m. ceremony tonight at the South Valley Volunteer Fire Department headquarters at N.M. 28 and Carver Road.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 525-5801.