A Chesterfield Township police officer who is still dealing with the effects of COVID-19 a year after contracting the disease is receiving an outpouring of support from the community.
Constable Kyle LeBeau was diagnosed with COVID-19 in late November 2021 and was hospitalized shortly after, landing in intensive care in “extremely serious condition”, said Gary Thomas, chairman of Friends of Chesterfield Police.
“There were times when you didn’t expect him to succeed,” he said.
As LeBeau battled illness, the group of Friends, along with several area police and fire departments, gathered in the hospital parking lot outside his room for a candlelit prayer vigil.
“What a moment it was to hear about 200 people singing and praying for him as all the emergency vehicles turned on their headlights,” Thomas said.
LeBeau was put on a ventilator a handful of times before being placed in a rehabilitation center with difficulty moving around earlier this year.
“Miraculously he survived but hasn’t returned to normal yet,” Thomas said. “The latest report I have is that he is at home, still in a wheelchair, working through therapy to fully recover.”
LeBeau joined the Chesterfield Township Police Department in September 2016. He is also a member of the department’s honor guard.
“He intends to return to active duty at Chesterfield PD one day,” Thomas said.
A pair of upcoming events will raise funds for LeBeau.
On December 3, the Chesterfield Township Police Department hockey team will take on the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office on the ice in a game to benefit the Kyle LeBeau Fund.
The game will take place at Fraser Hockeyland, located at 34400 Utica Road in Fraser, with doors opening at noon. A 50/50 raffle is also planned.
Entry is $10, with all proceeds going to the fund.
Additionally, the Friends of Chesterfield Police will be hosting a matinee performance of Don White at 3 p.m. on December 4 at Anchor Bay Middle School South, located at 48650 Sugarbush Road in Chesterfield Township. White is an award-winning singer-songwriter, comedian and author who has opened for artists like Arlo Guthrie and performed at storytelling festivals across the country.
Doors will open at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Chesterfield Township Police Department, located at 46525 Continental Drive, or by calling 586-482-5899 or 586-899-0961.
“All proceeds will go to help (LeBeau) financially as well as any other PD members in need of help,” Thomas said.
For more information on Friends of Chesterfield Police, visit facebook.com/friendsofchesterfieldpolice.