Fund to benefit deputy McAmis
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Deputy Brian McAmis
Deputy Brian McAmis
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Deputy Brian McAmis, a 16-year veteran of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, lost vision in one eye in 1991, had a kidney removed in 1995 and just recently lost his other only kidney — but NOT in the line of duty.

He has been battling a rare form of cancer called Von Hippel-Lindau for 22 years.

McAmis lost his father to this disease with which both he and his sister suffer.

McAmis and his sister take dialysis together three days a week, for four hours each visit.

“Nobody who is 44 years old should have to go through all this,” said McAmis after recent dialysis.

Nausea sometimes follows his treatment. Having his second kidney removed has made McAmis cancer-free, and for that he is thankful. But he is not eligible for a kidney transplant until he has been cancer-free for two years.

He is a single dad with three children — a son 22, a daughter 19 and a 16-year-old son at home. He will be on short-term disability for a maximum of six months, then the benefit will be exhausted.

McAmis is not sure he will be able to return to work. He has used all his sick time and vacation time due to this illness. The BCSO salary is his only source of income, and the medical bills keep coming.

McAmis has served for 16 years with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. Before his recent surgery, he was assigned to the Bradley County Courthouse downtown. Now McAmis and his 16-year-old son need help.

“No time is a good time to be in this situation,” according to Ron Dunn, who is a colleague of McAmis.

But Christmastime is a time of giving.

“On a personal note, Brian has been a faithful and loyal servant for his community and we will do all we can to help him and his family during this very trying time in their lives,” said Sheriff Jim Ruth.

For anyone who can provide any financial assistance, an account has been set up for Brian McAmis at the Bank of Cleveland, or contact Ron Dunn of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office at 423-595-6769, or Larry Hill at Larry Hill Ford.