Published: Mar 20, 2014 5:48 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 20, 2014 5:54 PM EDT

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Harley-Davidson enthusiasts are joining in the effort to help a Lee County Sheriff's Deputy who was injured on the job.

According to Lee Memorial Hospital, First Class Deputy George Perez is in fair condition.  He was hit by a car during a red light operation Tuesday, while on his motorcycle.

"When people buy a Harley-Davidson, they feel like they've entered a brotherhood," said Michael Landrum, an employee at Black Widow Harley-Davidson in Port Charlotte.

Landrum said Perez has been a part of that brotherhood for several years.

"The one thing that he always wanted to do was he wanted to be a motorcycle cop," said Brody Avis, another employee at Black Widow, and a friend of Perez.

Avis remembers the day Perez's dream came true.

"He was ecstatic -- almost livid," Avis said.  "For a short, little guy, he was taller than anybody that day."

When Landrum and Avis found out that Perez had been injured on the job, they knew they had to help.

Black Widow staff started collecting donations in a fuel tank on Thursday. Within two hours, Landrum told WINK News people had donated about $500 to help Perez with his recovery,

Landrum said he will keep collecting money for Perez until either the fuel tank is full, or the deputy no longer needs help.