Central Texas police chief who survived deadly accident returns home

A long procession of law enforcement vehicles formed as Krumnow was driven from Waco to his home in Riesel. (Riesel Police Dept. image)
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RIESEL, Texas (KWTX) Riesel police Chief Danny Krumnow, 62, who was seriously injured in a roadside accident that claimed the life of Falls County Deputy Matt Jones, headed home Wednesday after almost a month in the hospital and rehabilitation.

"He still has a lengthy recovery ahead of him," Riesel police Sgt. Ryan Dieterich said in a Facebook post Wednesday.

"Currently he is having to wear a back brace and a full leg brace. We will hurry up and wait to see if he will need surgery on his knee."

"Let me tell you, he is most definitely ready to be home."

Officers were waiting to greet Krumnow Wednesday including Falls County Sheriff Ricky Scaman, whose deputy died in the accident.

“We lost a good deputy, but kept a good chief; this is only the work of the good Lord,” Scaman said.

No one expected him to go home, especially not this quick,” Scaman said.

“He had some significant injuries, he still has some significant injuries (and) he still has a long road of recovery ahead of him, but we were so proud to be a part of it,” he said.

A long procession of law enforcement vehicles formed as Krumnow was driven from Waco to his home in Riesel where city officials were waiting to greet him and to treat him to some barbecue.

Krunow was transferred on Oct. 29 from Scott & White Medical Center in Temple to a rehabilitation facility after spending 18 days in the hospital, initially in intensive care.

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.