Police chief injured in accident that left deputy dead moved to rehab

Riesel police Chief Danny Krumnow spent 18 days in the hospital, initially in intensive care. On Tuesday he was transferred to a rehabilitation facility. (Riesel Police Dept. photo)
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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, was transferred Tuesday from Scott & White Medical Center in Temple to a rehabilitation facility.

“He is in great spirits and ready to be home,” Riesel police Sgt. Ryan Dieterich said in a Facebook post.

“Many thanks to the Law Enforcement Officers and Agencies who were there to witness Chief make this step,” Dieterich wrote.

Krumnow spent 18 days in the hospital, initially in intensive care.

“Today we said goodbye to Riesel Police Chief Danny Krumnow as he begins another chapter to recovery and leaves Temple,” the Temple Police Association said in a Facebook post.

“You climbed the highest mountain in the world to get to this point. Keep up the fight, sir!” the association wrote.

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.