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12/23/06-Henderson

East Texas Police Officers Comes Home After Being Injured While On Duty

An East Texas police officer, injured in the line of duty, comes home just in time for Christmas. Henderson Police Department Lt. Rickey Turner has spent the last four months in a hospital. In August, while responding to a drunk driver, Turner was hit by another car. He was paralyzed from the waist down.

When you look at pictures of Turners accident, it's amazing to see he's home talking and playing with his family and friends.  "I'm doing good," said Turner. "All the doctors are impressed with my improvement. I wasn't suppose to have as much mobility as I do and one of the main things is I didn't have any brain injury."  

With a wheelchair, before Turner could come home, a ramp had to be built and doors widened. Turner's family and community members say they were ready for him to come home.  "I think he's wearing me out because as soon as we came home he went and visited the police station and different places," said Teresa Turner, Rickey Turner's wife. 

"They just say they are praying for me and that they are glad to see me back, and that I look good," said Turner. After the accident, the community immediately began holding benefit rides and auctions for its 19-year veteran police officer.

"Down in Temple and Austin all the big city folks they couldn't believe it," said Turner. "They thought I was some sort of special star or something with outpouring of prayers and cards. I don't know what I can say that would actually be sufficient for the love, the thoughts, the help and support our town has given for my family and me."

It's that support, Turner says has helped him get through the crash and bring him home for the holidays.

Turner says he's not sure what he's going to do in the future. He says he's still adjusting to being home, but knows he will find a way to get out into the community.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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