NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Jeremy Prock loves country music. His home in Nevada, Texas is often filled with the sounds of 95.9 FM “The Ranch.”
Prock proudly said there are only two things he loves more. “Pretty much born and raised doing hunting and fishing.”
But the 35-year-old hasn’t been able to hunt in seven years. “I’ve been doing it from the sidelines,” he said smiling. “I just sit with them and watch.”
A diving accident left Prock paralyzed from the shoulders down. He was just 17-years-old at the time and says he decided then and there that was his fate.
Over the years he’s tried to save money so he could buy special hunting equipment that would allow him to aim and fire a rifle by using his head motion and breath. His old specialized hunting gear wore out in 2011 so he hasn’t been able to hunt since then.
“It’s just a way that I can still get out and still do the things I used to do. I guess I don’t know… makes me normal or feel normal,” Prock said. “It puts my disability in the back burner, that’s where I feel at home.”
The gear costs more than $1,700 and Prock had been saving for years. He had a few hundred dollars already stashed away when he heard a plea on “The Ranch.”
“It’s kind of a crazy story,” explained Malone, who is a DJ at 95.9 FM “The Ranch.” “I became aware of a guy who needed some winter clothes and so I told Ranch listeners.”
The man who needed the warm clothes was a pizza delivery driver. When Prock heard the story he immediately bought the man a brand new coat and shipped it to him.
To get the coat Prock used money he had saved for new hunting gear. “What I do is for entertainment. I don’t know if the guy was going to freeze or what.”
Malone said, “I was floored to find out what challenges he has daily, [but it] still didn’t interfere with his willingness to give to somebody he viewed as more needy than himself.”
The radio station has started getting some donations and Malone says she knows that even if they go over their goal, “Any amount we go over I know would go a very, very long way with Jeremy.”
The station is raising funds through a youcaring.com web page. Click here to find out more about Jeremy Prock or to make a donation.
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