PAYETTE — Friends, family and fellow veterans will gather Saturday to help Ron Hollis, a longtime Payette man and military veteran, make changes around his home to make it easier for him to get around there after surgery.

The event is organized by Operation Grateful Hearts, a nonprofit that serves veterans and their families.

Hollis had his left leg reattached after he was injured in an accident while in the U.S. Air Force in 1984, he said.

“It took my leg off,” he said, of the accident.

But after more than 30 surgeries, he has struggled with osteomyelitis and other infections for years. Deterioration in his lower leg over the years has him facing amputation to preserve his health. Hollis said he’s kept the leg longer than doctors expected.

Hollis own Hollis RV in Payette and was a sheriff’s deputy with Payette, Idaho and Adams counties for more than 15 years.

On Saturday, several local groups, veterans organizations and friends and family will gather at his home on Highway 52 to work on the modifications. Afterward, there will be a fundraiser at the Elks Lodge, which will include a live auction, a silent auction and a raffle. The silent auction will open for two hours starting at 4 p.m. followed by a live auction at 6 p.m.

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