Badly injured local police chief remains in ICU; more surgery possible
Riesel police Chief Danny Krumnow, who was seriously injured when he and Falls County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Jones were struck while assisting a motorist last Friday along State Highway 6, remains in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit of Scott & White Medical Center in Temple and could undergo surgery again Thursday afternoon.
Krumnow suffered a lacerated spleen, a broken back, a dislocated knee, a collapsed lung and nine broken ribs in the freak accident, which claimed Jones’ life.
“His breathing has not been able to get the way surgeons want it in order to perform surgery on his rib fractures. Currently he has no fever and we have strong hope that they will be able to have surgery this afternoon to stabilize the ribs,” Riesel police Sgt. R. Dieterich said in a Facebook post Thursday morning.
“He is still sedated and on a ventilator,” Dieterich said.
Krumnow and Jones were assisting a driver whose vehicle evidently slid off the road just before 2 p.m. last Friday at State Highway 6 and County Road 109 south of Riesel when they were struck by a Mazda sedan that hydroplaned, authorities said.
Krumnow was flown to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco and then later to Scott & White Medical Center in Temple, where surgeons removed his spleen.
The driver of the Mazda was also injured and was taken to a local hospital.
A GoFundMe account has been created for Krumnow and the 100 Club Heart of Texas, a nonprofit formed to help families of fallen first responders, is accepting donations, which may be made online, to an account set up at any First National Bank of Central Texas branch, or by mail to the 100 Club Heart of Texas, PO Box 21990, Waco, TX 76702-1990.
His family is with him and we thank everyone who has expressed their thoughts and prayers for him and all who have been affected," Dieterich said in the post Thursday.