Fund-raiser set for burned law-enforcement officer

Harold Veronda of West Ashley, a former Marine and law-enforcement officer, is fighting for survival after being seriously burned.

Friends of a former Marine and law-enforcement officer who was badly burned in a backyard accident are planning a fund-raiser to help with his medical expenses.

Harold Veronda of West Ashley was burned over two-thirds of body and remains hospitalized in critical condition.

The fund-raiser is set for 3 to 7 p.m. July 20 at the Folly Beach Shrimp Company at 11 Center St. The event includes a cookout, special drink prices and live music. Wrist bands will be sold at the door for $20. A silent auction starts at 6 p.m.

Veronda, 49, was burned June 2 and has been hospitalized in intensive care. Besides his burns, he also had to undergo several surgeries for other problems that developed.

Veronda was a Marine staff sergeant and U.S. border patrol agent. His current position was not disclosed because of safety concerns.