Chris Winningham is a veteran member of the Oak Ridge Police Department, but he’s currently on leave and unable to work for an undetermined amount of time due to complications with pneumonia and pleurisy, friends say.
Officer Winningham has also been diagnosed with an enlarged heart and diabetes, and doctors are concerned that he may be going into congestive heart failure, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help raise money for his family.
The diagnoses affecting Officer Winningham come on the heels of the loss of his daughter Courtney to cancer in January, the page said.
“This stress and strain is not only physical,” said the GoFundMe page, set up Tuesday by Heather Ashley of the ORPD. “We are therefore asking for financial donations for the Winningham family to help pay for medical expenses not covered by insurance and other financial needs during this time Chris remains out of work.”
See the GoFundMe page here: http://www.gofundme.com/r9xvy4.
More information will be added as it becomes available.