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'It is a family:' WNY sheriff's office helping a Marine partially paralyzed in car crash

Posted at 6:44 AM, Feb 20, 2019

(WKBW) — The family of a Marine partially paralyzed in a car crash is praising the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office.

U.S. Marine Nicolas Woodard was involved in a serious traffic accident in early February. It left him with a severe neck injury resulting in partial paralysis.

The crash did not happen in Western New York. Woodard is not from Western New York; his parents actually live in Alaska. At least one of them plan on being by Nick's side at all times during his long road to recovery.

Friends of the family are trying to raise money for the family through a GoFundMe. Donations will be used to help offset their travel costs and assist them in paying bills due to their time away from work.

Enter the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office.

One sergeant there, Andrew Rozler, has a son who's a Marine. His son knows Woodard. And his son not only told him about what happened to Woodard, but that Woodard's father is a police officer.

Sgt. Rozler then rallied the department and sent this to the Woodard family:

  • 5 pages worth of get well signatures
  • A personal letter of encouragement
  • Challenge coins and patches
  • $2,400

"This is what is meant when you hear about the thin blue line," wrote Nick's dad Morgan on Facebook in