Badly injured Central Texas police chief ‘has made great progress’

Riesel police Chief Danny Krumnow was seriously injured when he and a local deputy were struck while assisting a motorist along State Highway 6. (File photo)
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RIESEL, Texas (KWTX) Riesel police Chief Danny Krumnow, who was seriously injured in a freak accident that left Falls County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Jones dead, “has made great progress in the last 12 hours,” Riesel police Sgt. Ryan Dieterich said in a Facebook update Monday.

“Great news,” Dieterich wrote in the post. “Today he is trying to walk out of here. At least that’s what he’s wanting to do and we are wanting as well. Unfortunately that can’t happen today.”

“He is now completely off the breathing machine and breathing with an oxygen mask. As for now no surgeries are scheduled,” Dieterich wrote.

Krumnow is now “able to say some words and recognize close family and friends,” Dieterich wrote.

And he wants a soda.

“We are on the right path to recovery, it will just be a lengthy one.”

Krumnow suffered a lacerated spleen, a broken back, a dislocated knee, a collapsed lung and nine broken ribs just before 2 p.m. on Oct. 11 when he and Jones were struck by a hydroplaning Mazda sedan as they assisted a driver whose vehicle evidently slid off the road at State Highway 6 and County Road 109 south of Riesel.

Jones died at the scene.

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 for both Krumnow and Jones’ family, 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.