An LAPD volunteer officer who was stung more than 100 times by an angry swarm of bees Monday is bloodied and beaten in photos released from his hospital bed.
The man – identified by his family only as Gary – is currently recovering from the vicious attack which took place in Encino and was filmed by helicopters.
In the new photo posted by Gary’s son, Daniel, the Air Force veteran’s face is swollen and bruised with a bandage over his blood-soaked right eye.
THE GoFundMe began after his family learned that Gary’s medical bills would be entirely his responsibility, as volunteers are not considered city employees.
Since launching late Tuesday night, the fundraiser has raised $7,222.
An LAPD volunteer officer who was stung more than 100 times by an angry swarm of bees on Monday is bloodied and beaten in photos released from his hospital bed
Bees began to swarm the willing cop – and shocking footage showed him trying in vain to shoo them away as they stung him multiple times
According to Daniel, Gary worked with the LAPD as a volunteer for nearly two decades and risked his life countless times.
“Dad has volunteered with the LAPD for nearly 18 years, been the first responder to many incidents and helped save many lives,” he wrote.
Listing some of the cases in which he has helped, Daniel wrote that Gary once helped ‘clear a baby’s airway when he had RSV and stopped breathing before paramedics could arrive’ .
The son of man said KTLA he watched the swarm of bees attack his father live on television and felt helpless as he watched the tragic events unfold.
“It was heartbreaking,” Daniel said. ‘I couldn’t even believe it. It looked so painful.
Video taken from above shows Gary – then identified as a civilian volunteer – running frantically through the Encino neighborhood while running over.
The bees continue to swarm and sting him until he finally collapses on the ground with blood pouring from his face.
Daniel said that in addition to being stung dozens of times, Gary broke his bones when he fell on the concrete.
Shortly after, Gary was rescued from the bees and taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for broken bones and other injuries.
The man could be seen with his hands on his head as he tried to move away from the swarm
Bees have descended on the neighborhood of Encino, California
Daniel told KTLA that his father was in stable condition Tuesday night but was in a lot of pain from his injuries.
“He has a triple fracture above his eyebrow, in the nose area, I think that’s where a lot of the blood is coming from and just below his eye socket as well,” the son said.
Gary was given antivenom and will remain hospitalized for several days as he continues to recover from this horrific incident.
After Gary’s rescue, a local beekeeper was able to move in and remove the problematic animals from the streets.
Now his family is asking the public to help the man who will no doubt end up with thousands of medical bills since he is not covered by the LAPD.
“The police department said, ‘Oh yeah, no, he’s a volunteer and we’re not responsible,'” Daniel said.
He went on to say that he hopes the community will rally in support of the man who has always given back.
“He wants to give back to his community and he’s a veteran, so he’s strong-willed, well-trained and does his best,” Daniel said.
“He’s independent, very friendly, always ready to lend a hand, he’ll talk to anyone,” Daniel continued.
THE GoFundMe raised just over $7,000 on Wednesday night and will remain available for anyone to donate.
At one point the man fell to the ground after tripping in the middle of the sting
Bees descended on Encino, California, sending three people to hospital with stings and injuries
According to the beekeeper who responded to the scene, the behavior of the bees in this incident was unusual.
Experts have speculated that the large horde may have arisen due to the excessively wet winter which contributed to more pollen in the area.
More pollen in the air means more active bee colonies.
Gary’s family said they are just happy he is alive and recovering.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 62 people die each year from bee and wasp stings in America.