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Update: Generous donors continue to support assault victim

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Patrolman Justin Salisbury (left) pictured with Daniel White. Patrolman Justin Salisbury (left) pictured with Daniel White.
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A Jeffersonville man who'd been beaten, bruised, and robbed of his hearing, may soon get it back. It's all thanks to a police officer's kindness.

"Like any other call I get dispatched too, with my fellow officers," said Patrolman Justin Salisbury with the Jeffersonville Police Department.

It was May 31, 2012, near National Avenue and Kopp Lane.

"I was on my way home," said Daniel White, who had been riding his scooter when he was attacked near an alley.

"I lost my hearing aid, but it was never found."

Officer Salisbury befriended White during the trial.

“A victim of a violent crime,” said Salisbury, “just got to know him a little bit and was more or less amazed that Daniel didn't have a hearing aid two years later."

White is 100 percent deaf in one ear and 93 percent in the other. It has hurt his quality of life and ability to hold down a job. He doesn't have a car or cell phone, and had to move in with his mother after being laid off.

"In all likelihood he won't see a dime from restitution. He should, but he won't," said Salisbury.

The officer went well beyond his call of duty, setting up a GoFundMe page to buy White a new hearing aid.

They're sworn to protect and serve, and with the help of social media, that service multiplied in a matter of hours.

"It just took off," said Salisbury.

Fifteen hours later, complete strangers had donated more than $6,000. But that's not all.

"It looks like he would need the strongest hearing aid that's available," said Chris Conn of Conn Hearing in Jeffersonville.

He and his father decided to give White a brand new one, valued at more than $3,000.

"I realize that we can definitely not replace his normal hearing probably by a long shot,” said Conn, “but I believe we can make the difference between him not hearing to hearing quite a bit more.”

The extra money raised will now go to help White get back on his feet, find an apartment, and pay for his medical bills.

"It is not every day, that you see someone like him going out of his way," said White.

Despite the success of the online campaign, Officer Salisbury remains humble and wants no credit for what's been collected.

"All I did was type the story out and tell the story. I didn't give all that money, that's not my money. That's people from around the community and across the nation," said Salisbury.

Salisbury says the man who attacked White, Harry Greer, was convicted last week of battery and carrying a handgun without a license. Greer will soon be sentenced.

You can find the GoFundMe page by clicking here.

Update: 

Five days after the GoFundMe page went online generous donors raised more than $12,000 for Daniel.

He was fitted for his new hearing aid on Friday and Conn Hearing says the digital device retails for more than $4,500.

Ray Conn says he'll have Daniel hearing before Christmas.

The giving doesn't stop there.  A dentist in Shelbyville tells WDRB News that she will fix Daniel's teeth for free, giving him a brand new smile.

"The dentist was able to volunteer 100 percent commitment to get his smile back in order,” said Officer Salisbury.  “I think it'll make him a lot happier and a lot more self-confident."

Daniel also has a new cell phone and currently looking for a job. Hanes Auto has donated a moped to him because it was stolen during his attack.

Conn Hearing says Daniel should have his new hearing aid in the next couple weeks.

Officer Salisbury says he'll also be getting his new apartment soon.

The officer's Go Fund Me page will be up until at least until Monday night. 

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