The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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July 8, 2014

Donations taken for injured Anderson County deputy


A benefit account has been set up at Prosperity Bank in Palestine for Anderson County Sheriff Deputy Donnie Myers Jr., who was injured in a one-vehicle car wreck last week. Myers was discovered to have “underlying medical issues” that will require an indefinite break from his post, according to Sheriff Greg Taylor.


On Wednesday, July 2, Myers lost control of his patrol car on East Spring Street and went into a field behind the First Presbyterian Church of Palestine before crashing into a chain-link fence that borders the Kroger shopping center.


Sheriff Greg Taylor told the Herald-Press that according to witnesses, the wreck appeared to have been caused by a medical emergency.


Myers was transported to Palestine Regional Medical Center, where Taylor reported he had sustained “non-life threatening injuries.”


“The accident actually fractured a couple of vertebrae and bruised him up pretty good,” Taylor said, “but he's also got some underlying medical issues that have been discovered, that could put him down for a while.”


While Taylor did not release specifics of Myers' medical condition, he said the deputy would have “a hard road to hoe.”


“He's going to be down for a while, and we're not clear on what his status is going to be in the future. But he's definitely going to need some financial assistance.”


Taylor said anyone wishing to help out can donate to the Deputy Donnie Myers Jr. Benefit Account at Prosperity Bank, located at 1015 North Church St., either by drive-thru or mail.


Checks should be made out to the Deputy Donnie Myers Jr. Benefit Account.


Taylor said people could also leave donations at his office, referencing Lauren York, his administrative assistant. The Anderson County Sheriff's Office is located at 1200 East Lacy Street.


“He's on workers comp, but he's going to run into some financial difficulties with the extended care,” Taylor said. “He's got two small children and a wife that works at a local dentist office. This may cause him to be out for a long time, but we're hopeful that he can get back to normal.”


Taylor said they'd appreciate prayers for Myers and his family.


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