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11/28/06-Lone Star

Two East Texas Police Officers Share Heartbreaking Decision

It's an amazing story of survival and inspiration: Thanksgiving Day, Lone Star Police Officer Jimmy Wray was riding his motorcycle, when he was hit by an oncoming car. He suffered multiple injuries, but the worst was damage to his left leg.  Below the knee, it was completely shattered. But he's finding strength from a fellow officer.

Officer Jimmy Wray is faced with the toughest decision of his life: whether to keep his shattered leg or have doctors amputate it. It's a decision, fellow Lone Star Officer Marx Johnson knows all to well.

"I've been there. I've been in that bed exactly, doing the same thing he's doing, with the pain and the questions with the doctors. There's so many questions and not so many answers," Marx Wray says.

Marx is hoping he can answer some of those questions. That's because 20 years ago..."[a] truck driver sideswiped me, he had a few drinks, wasn't watching where he was going." 

At the time, Marx decided to keep his leg, undergoing surgery after surgery for the next 5 years. 

"I got tired of the pain, the pain and the operations and the downtime, it was just miserable."  

Now, he lives everyday with a prosthetic, and as Jimmy's friend for the past 15 years, he's advised him to do the same.  

"Hard to make that decision, it's tough, I mean, you know how do you muster the words to say go ahead and take it, take my leg."

But Marx says knowing what he knows now, he believes it's what's best for his friend.  

"I think Jimmy will pull it together, he'll get the surgery knocked out, and we'll see him back out on the street...." fighting crime..."side by side back to back, like we always have."

And leaning on each other for help.

"I'll be there for him, I'll be his inspiration, he can count on me."

The Lone Star Police Department has set up a benefit account at the North East Texas Credit Union if you would like to donate money to Officer Wray's family for medical expenses.

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com.

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