LACONIA — An effort is underway to bring home retired N.H. State Police Sgt. Cheever "Chuck" Newhall so he can be near his family as he battles Parkinson's Disease and complications from a recent knee replacement.
Newhall and his wife Sandy live in Florida and have a bed that is being held for him in the Epson Medical Center but they need $18,000 so he can fly to New Hampshire on an Angel Medical Flight because he cannot fly at regular airplane altitude.
"I just can't take care of him, even with nursing assistance," said his wife of 50 years Sandy Newhall.
For years Chuck and Sandy lived in Laconia.
A retired Marine, Chuck served in Vietnam, worked with the Laconia Police Department and then the N.H. State Police. After 30 years of police work, Sandy said he worked at Young's Auto Sales on South Main Street but when his health began to fail, they moved to Florida.
"He was doing very well until the knee replacement surgery," Sandy said.
Sandy said yesterday that Medicare pays for only 100 days of nursing home care which was exhausted after complications set in when he had the knee replacement surgery. She said he came home when his time in the nursing home ended but after a few hours collapsed and had to return to the hospital.
She said he was readmitted into a second nursing facility but was just told that "the system made a mistake" and he has to leave within a short time.
Sandy said Newhall's great friend retired N.H. State Police Capt. Dave McCarthy set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the Angel Flight.
"I think he'll feel much better when he gets home," said Sandy who noted their son Mike Newhall is a lieutenant with the Belmont Police Department and both of his children, their grandchildren, are in New Hampshire.
So far about $13,000 has been raised from the GoFundMe page and Sandy said she is overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of their friends.
"Chuck is one of those guys who always tries to help people," she said. "It's heartwarming to see people helping us."
To help the Newhall family go to http://www.gofundme.com Bring Chuck Home.
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