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10/29/06-Henderson

Henderson Police Officer Thanks Community For Support

KLTV 7 News has a follow up on an East Texas police officer who was paralyzed in a car accident while responding to a drunk driver. Henderson Police Lt. Rickey Turner hopes to return home in a few weeks. It's been two months since the accident. From the moment it happened, community members started pouring out help.

"He's doing really well," said Teresa Turner, Rickey's wife. "He's come a long way and therapy is working with him good." It's been a hard two months for the family of the 19-year police veteran.  Teresa says she's been going back and forth from Henderson to Temple where Rickey was in rehabilitation.  Rickey was recently moved to St. David's Hospital in Austin.

"He has his right hand and arm and he's got his left wrist and arms, but he can't really move his left fingers," said Teresa. Teresa says Rickey is anxious to come home, the place he loves so much.  "He loved helping people," said Teresa. "That was his joy."  

From donations to benefit rides to just cards and prayers, the community has done everything it can to help Rickey.  "I just want to tell them all that I really appreciate everything they have been doing, all the prayers, all the cards, all of the things they have done for me," said Rickey. 

The community is not done yet. At Gran's Gran's Kitchen in Henderson, which is owned by Rickey's family, an auction is taking place for a T.M.X. Elmo.   It's one of the hottest and hardest toys to find, and the money it raises will help Rickey come home.

"We're ready for him to come back," said Henderson Police Officer Jason Romine. "We're definitely missing him. He's been a big part of our team and a member of the family as well."

If you would like to bid on the T.M.X. Elmo and help Rickey, go to Gran Gran's Kitchen on Worth Street in Henderson. The auction will take place until November 8th.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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