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9/1/06-Henderson

East Texas Police Departments Comes Together For One Of Its Own

An accident hits close to home for one East Texas Police Department.   Lieutenant Rickey Turner, a 19 year veteran of the Henderson Police Department, is in critical condition tonight after a car accident earlier this week.   Lieutenant Turner's fellow officers are now doing everything they can to help the man they call family.  

"I think Rickey got a lot of enjoyment helping people," said Sergeant Eric Sullivan, Henderson Police Department."

"Anytime anything happened in the community, he would be one of the first ones to show up," said Chief Randall Freeman, Henderson County Police Department. Turner is the police officer that makes people smile.

"His personality is very strong," said Lisa Wallace, Chief Freeman's Secretary. "He loved to pick on people, loves to tease and that's how he made me feel comfortable.

"I probably received more complimentary phone calls or letters on Rickey," said Freeman.  To his fellow officers, Turner is not just a Lieutenant, but a friend.

"Couldn't ask for a better one," said Sullivan. "He has helped me on personal matters also."   Tuesday night, while responding to a drunk driver call, another car that failed to yield, slammed into Turner's car causing him to roll three times. Medical responders had to use the jaws of life to get him out of the car.

"It's tough," said Sullivan. "Rickey is a great asset. He's a wealth of knowledge. It's tough, but we have to go on."

"We're definitely missing a big part of our team," said Officer Jason Romine, Henderson Police Department. Turner's future as a police officer is unknown, but his fellow officers say he's strong and will find someway to continue to serve.

"I see success, at whatever level that is going to be at I don't know, but I see success," said Deputy Chief Mark Dickerson, Henderson Police Department. 

A tragedy fund has been set up in Lieutenant Turner's name at Citizens National Bank in Henderson and all Bank of America locations.   Also, next Saturday, September 9th there will be a benefit called Ride for Rickey at the Henderson Community Center. It starts at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for children. A motorcycle ride will be later in the day.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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