The night he was shot in the head in the line of duty, experts said Snr Constable Ron Fenton would not, could not possibly survive. Ambushed by a gun-toting killer, S/C Fenton was critically wounded when a high-caliber bullet, fired from just 16 meters away, tore into the back of his head.
Ron’s survival was nothing short of a miracle. Celebrated crime writer John Sylvester told his story in The Age. You can read it here: https://bit.ly/38Vf9wT.
During his long recovery Ron worked as a highly regarded and much loved law instructor at the Victoria Police Academy. It was 11 years before he was finally able to return to active duty.
Years later they wrote him off again when he broke 36 bones in an accident during a charity motorcycle ride. True to form, Ron proved them wrong.
Now Ron is in the fight of his life but this time it’s one even this tough, highly respected and much-loved grandfather can’t win.
Ron Fenton, former soldier and hero ex-cop, has terminal cancer. Tragically, ironically, it was triggered by the very medications meant to help him deal with the side-effects of the shooting.
The many people who know and love Ron, and who are devastated by this latest cruel twist, are hoping to grant him his final wish: to hold in his arms the baby granddaughter he’s never met.
His granddaughter was born overseas in May last year but the other villain of this story, coronavirus, has kept her and her adoring grandpa apart ever since.
We want to change that, but we need your help.
We plan to bring her, her mum and dad - Ron's son - back to Australia so she can meet in person her amazing, incredible, courageous pop. It’s a tough ask because we don’t know how much time we have, so we’re working fast and pulling every lever we can find.
Our goal is to raise $20,000 to cover business class airfares (the fastest and most secure way to get international flights during covid) so Ron's son, his partner and their little girl can make their mercy dash. Time is not on their side, so slow and uncertain economy fares are not feasible at this stage.
Even with the cruel hand he’s been dealt, and with the 37 bullet fragments he still carries in his head, Ron continues to live his life in the service of others. He is a powerful advocate for police and defence force members with PTSD, and still works to promote and assist therapy dog charities such as K9s 4 Valour and the Defence Community Dogs program, which provided him with his own service dog, Yogi. Ron credits his beloved Yogi with saving his life on several occasions and he wants to see the scheme adopted in Victoria.
Ron still gives his time generously to the Wyndham community he served with distinction during his police career, and which he now calls home. Please donate anything you can to help make Ron Fenton’s final wish come true. Help us give something back to one of the heroes who keep our community safe.
If for any reason we are unable to get Ron's family to Australia in time, we intend (if possible) to fund flights for his son to attend his father's funeral in Australia. Any unused or excess funds will be donated to K9s 4 Valour.
Photo credit: David Mullins Photography
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