Hundreds of people showed up at a bar in Spring Sunday to help an HPD Officer who was shot in the line of duty last year.

Ronnie Cortez has been in a wheelchair since he was gunned down while chasing a burglary suspect in his own southeast Houston neighborhood. The bullets struck him in the neck and back.

"I just can't see him in a wheelchair forever," said Sheri Cortez, Ronnie's wife. "He deserves better."

Cortez and his family are hopeful that stem cell therapy and other treatments will help him walk again.

"It's going to be a lot of work, but it's all in God's hands," said Cortez. "God will decide again if I'm able to walk again or not."

"Insurance doesn't pay for stem cell or exoskeleton, and if he's going to walk again, that's what he has to have," said Sheri.

Stem cell and exoskeleton technology together cost nearly $100,000 dollars. That's why the thousands raised Sunday will make a huge difference.

"I can't thank them enough for helping with the financial burden that we're going to be having," said Cortez.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page for Officer Cortez. If you would like to donate, click here.

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Houstonians are giving what they can to help a local hero, a man who didn't think twice about taking a bullet for his community.

"It's going to be a lot of work, but it's all in God's hands," said Cortez. "God will decide again if I'm able to walk again or not."