Daughter of slain TPD officer needs liver transplant - FOX 13 News

Daughter of slain TPD officer needs liver transplant

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Demetra Bell's mom has good reason to call her daughter a warrior.

"I pray every day. I would take her place. I'd bargain with God that is not an option, but her spirit is incredible," said Loujean Brittain.

Brittain said she gets that from her dad, Randy Bell.
Demetra Jones is the daughter of Randy Bell. He was one of three law enforcement officers killed in 1998 by Hank Earl Carr.
When Randy was killed in 1998, his daughter was 22. Now at the age of 38, she needs a liver transplant.
"Randy was lets look at what it is plunge forward and get it done that is what we're all doing," said Brittain.

A new one costs $314,000 and her insurance will only cover about $134,000.

"We have made leaps and bounds there is no end to what people who don't know us and hear our story and are outreaching to all of us," said Brittain.

Her immediate and law enforcement family joined together at donations for Demetra.
The day was filled with Harleys, bar-b-que and support drew many strangers and their support.

"To turn around and know that you're family could sustain another loss everybody needs to open up their hearts to that," said Jennifer Tellez.

The Untouchables Motorcycle Club made up of retired and current law enforcement officers organized the rally.
Many knew and worked with Demetra's dad.

"Randy was the kind of guy that would do anything for you he cared very deeply for the community," said Richard Politano.

Politano a retired Tampa Police officer said Randy's family was his life.

"Randy would be doing the same thing if he was here today," he said.

Demetra surprised everyone at the gathering with a quick hello via FaceTime.
She is waiting at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville to hear if she'll make the transplant list

She will find out this week and both her families  will be behind her.

"It really hits home with us and it means the world to us," said Politano.

On February fourth a Zumba Thon will be held at 514 Corner Drive in Brandon.
The cost will be $10 and money raised will go towards Demetra's health expenses.

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