A Chesterfield Township police officer who is still coping with the effects of COVID-19 a year after contracting the disease is receiving great support from the community.
Officer Kyle LeBeau was diagnosed with COVID-19 in late November 2021 and was rushed to the hospital not long after, where he ended up in intensive care in “an extremely serious condition,” said Gary Thomas, president of the Friends of Chesterfield Police Group.
“There were times when he wasn’t expected to make it,” he said.
While LeBeau battled the disease, the Friends group, along with several local police and fire departments, gathered in the hospital parking lot outside his room for a candlelight prayer vigil.
“What a moment to hear about 200 people singing and praying for him while all emergency vehicles activated their lights,” Thomas said.
LeBeau was put on a ventilator a few times before being admitted to a rehabilitation center with mobility difficulties earlier this year.
“Miraculously, he survived but has yet to return to normal,” Thomas said. “The latest report I have is that he is at home, still in a wheelchair, and working on therapy to make a full recovery.”
LeBeau joined the Chesterfield Township Police Department in September 2016. He is also a member of the department’s honor guard.
“He has plans to one day return to active duty with Chesterfield PD,” Thomas said.
Two upcoming events will raise funds for LeBeau.
On December 3, the Chesterfield Township Police Department hockey team will play the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office in a game benefiting the Kyle LeBeau Fund on the ice.
The game will take place at Fraser Hockeyland at 34400 Utica Road, Fraser, doors open at 12pm. A 50/50 raffle is also planned.
Admission is $10, with all proceeds going to the fund.
In addition, the Friends of the Chesterfield Police Department will host a Don White matinee performance on December 4 at 3:00 p.m. at Anchor Bay Middle School South, located at 48650 Sugarbush Road in Chesterfield Township. White is an award-winning singer/songwriter, comedian and author who has opened for the likes of Arlo Guthrie and has performed at storytelling festivals across the country.
Doors open at 2:00 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased from the Chesterfield Township Police Department, 46525 Continental Drive, or by calling 586-482-5899 or 586-899-0961.
“All proceeds will go towards helping (LeBeau) financially, along with any other member of the PD in need of assistance,” Thomas said.
For more information about Friends of the Chesterfield Police, visit facebook.com/friendsofchesterfieldpolice.