Police host fundraiser for wounded warrior PFC Josh Bullis

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on April 15, 2011 at 7:43 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 15 at 8:15 AM

PHOENIX -- He is one of the Valley's wounded warriors, and he has amazed everyone with his strength and courage.

Today you have the opportunity to help support PFC Josh Bullis thanks to a special fundraiser hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #2.

Bullis, the son of two police officers, lost both of his legs and one of his arms while serving in combat operations Afghanistan. He stepped on an IED on Sept. 19.

Bullis was first flown to the Army hospital in Germany, and then transferred to Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. After two months at Walter Reed, he moved to San Diego Naval Hospital where he was fitted for prostheses and has been undergoing intensive physical therapy. That therapy will go on for quite some time.

When he first returned home to the Valley in late November, more than 100 people were at Sky Harbor to greet him.

Even though Bullis, who turns 22 on Sunday, is still at San Diego Naval Hospital, he did come to Phoenix for Friday's fundraiser.

He's made amazing progress in the six months since he stepped on that IED, and he says he could not have done it without the amazing support of family, friends and even strangers.

"It seems like it's been a lot longer than six months," he said. "With the support of the Phoenix Police Department, the city of Phoenix, everybody ... it's been a lot easier than it would be without them. I thank everybody for that."

"We are totally blessed,"said Bob Bullis of his grandson."Josh is an awesome young man. He's strong and tough."

Friday's event features all-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as raffle prize. It started at  6 a.m. and runs through 9 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, 12851 N. 19th Avenue, between Cactus and Thunderbird roads.

Breakfast (eggs, bacon, sausage, and potatoes) is $5, lunch (burgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken) is $10, and dinner (spaghetti and homemade meat sauce) is $15.

All of the proceeds benefit Bullis, whose lifetime road to recovery is just beginning.

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