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Fellow Frankston Police praise officer hurt in incident Thursday

A Frankston police officer is recovering from head injuries after he was allegedly beaten by one of the suspects trying to flee a home burglary scene. Officer Jason Ward is listed in fair condition in ICU at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. As KLTV 7's Courtney Lane explains, though the officer just went through a very traumatic event, he's already anxious to get back to protect and serve.

Officer Jason Ward joined the Frankston Police Department less than 2 months ago, and is already proving himself.

"He's one of the best I've ever worked with," said Sgt. Jonathan Folmar of the Frankston Police Department.

The 31-year old is living his childhood dream, by working in law enforcement.

"He's the kind of guy that just wants to help people," said Sgt. Folmar.

Ward graduated high school in Jacksonville, where he still lives with his wife and two children. He's a devoted family man and public protector.

"You could call him and say hey I need this, and he's there. He doesn't ask questions he just does it. He's dedicated to his job and his family," said Sgt. Folmar.  

And like all law enforcement, that loyalty to fight crime and protect citizens put him in a potentially deadly situation Thursday.

"It's very sad but I'm glad it's not any worse than it was. He's ready to come back to work. He told his wife this morning he's ready to come back," said Sgt. Folmar.

Frankston Police say because of his fighting spirit, it'll be no time before Officer Ward is back on the streets again.

If you would like to help Officer Ward and his family, a fund has been set up. It's called the Officer Ward Benefit Fund and it's at the First State Banks in Frankston, Noonday, and Palestine.

Courtney Lane, reporting. clane@kltv.com  

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