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Every citizen in the Mountain View community has needed help at one time or another. That help may have come from Officer Ellie Carson. Beyond her capacity as a law enforcement agent, she has been a friend and asset to the Mountain View community, according to organizers of an upcoming benefit on her behalf. Carson is the previous Mountain View Police Department assistant chief, current reserve officer and works for the park service.

“You might have seen Ellie walking throughout the community, you may have seen her at the gym,” organizers said. “You may have seen Ellie at an accident or maybe she was the person coming to your rescue. Whatever aspect you may know Ellie in, she was always the one helping others. Now it is time for us to help her.”

On Dec. 28, 2018, Carson was struck by a pickup truck while she was out on one of her many walks in Mountain View. The accident left Ellie with a lacerated liver, crushed hip socket, collapsed lung and broken ribs. After just a week in the hospital and surgeries, Carson was deemed “too strong” for rehabilitation. Since then, she has been at home on her road to recovery.

This road will be a long road. Every day, friends say Ellie is gaining her strength back but she has been unable to work since the accident. On top of the missed income Carson has already endured, she has many weeks of recovery left before she is able to return to work.

Ellie’s friends have put together a fundraiser to help deter the expenses she will incur due to the accident. The Mountain View Police Department is raffling a Savage Arms model 11 .243 Trophy Predator Hunter XP Kryptek Brush bolt-action rifle and Nikon 3-9x40 scope combo (tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5), Team Ellie T-shirts and have planned a spaghetti dinner/fundraiser on Saturday, February 16.

The dinner will be held at the Mountain View Community Center, located at 125 East 1st Street in Mountain View, beginning at 1 p.m. There will be a silent auction until 7:30 p.m. and a spaghetti dinner served from 5 to 7 p.m. for $5 a plate. The pie and dessert auction will begin at 6 p.m.

Some of the items to be offered at the benefit include: Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant gift certificate; Wilbanks Tire & Automotive gift certificate; Bennett Springs State Park vacation package certificate; Montauk Resort, dinner for two; Showboat Branson Belle, two tickets; Z1R HL helmet and Mobile Warming gloves; Table Rock Lake State Park Marina, four-hour triton rental; two tickets to St. Louis Cardinals; season pass for family of four to Mountain View Municipal Swimming Pool; gift cards to Signal; and much more.

If you are interested in donating to the fundraiser or volunteering, contact the Mountain View Police Department at (417) 934-2525.

For more information, visit the Facebook page TEAM ELLIE/benefit/auction/fundraiser or the GoFundMe.Com page organized by Tom Dresner.

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