All the Support an Officer Can Get
For a little girl diagnosed with hypotonia since birth, "support" can mean everything. Justin Wilkerson, sergeant with Montgomery County Sherriff's office, should know. His two-year-old daughter, Hayley, was diagnosed with hypotonia, a neuromuscular disorder that decreases muscle tone and strength, causing her to appear floppy, like a rag doll, a condition she exhibited over the first few months of her life. The disorder is treatable, with the help of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, but time, money and lots of patience are required to run the course.
Suzy Wilkerson, Justin's wife, serves as Hayley's main caregiver, but Hayley is not the only Wilkerson child who needs a watchful eye. Hayley's big brother, Hayden, is a healthy, active five-year-old who is into all the action and adventure you would expect from a boy his age. Suzy works part-time, as a music teacher, to supplement the household income. But some weeks, there just doesn't seem to be enough time and resources to go around.
"The TMPA has been a part of my life since before the kids were born," said Justin. "I became a member in 2005, early in my career, based on the recommendation of other law enforcement members, and the Association has been there for me ever since."
The first time was on April 17, 2012, when Justin shot a suspect after an inter-agency vehicle chase. The suspect died, and Justin selected TMPA attorney, Greg Cagle, to represent his case. Throughout the internal investigation and legal proceedings, leading up to a no-bill from the grand jury, Justin got to know Greg and the TMPA.