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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Fundraiser will support officer Dinh's long-term recovery

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 77 is selling raffle tickets and holding a fundraiser in support of Mason police officer Long “Junior” Dinh, who sustained severe injuries—including multiple broken bones—in a high-speed, head-on crash in Annandale in March while pursuing a suspect.

Raffle tickets are $10 for one and $25 for three. Prizes include gift cards for restaurants, two nights’ stay at a Marriot Hotel, Capitals and Redskins swag, and more.  If you’d like to buy a raffle ticket, contact Courtney Young at the Mason Police Station, 703/256-8035;

The drawing will take place April 28 at a fundraiser, open to the public, at the Hard Times Cafe, 4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, 12-7 p.m. Hard Times will donate a portion of the sales proceeds to the cause.

The funds will be used for Dinh’s long-term rehabilitation costs not covered by insurance. Donations can also be made on the FOP Lodge 77 website. He is currently in rehab at Mount Vernon Hospital.

“Dinh’s spirits are pretty good,” said Mason police officer Courtney Young. “He is able to stand briefly and wants to come back to work.” According to recent updates posted on a blog set up by Dinh’s family, his jaw has been unwired, and he’s been able to talk in short sentences.

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