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Jerrod Burtnett's road to recovery

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Sergeant Jerrod Burtnett said he dreamed of working in law enforcement since he was a little kid.

He knew there would be challenges, but said he never would've predicted what would happen on that foggy, December 27th morning when he was called to assist a crash.

"Once I arrived, I was on the scene for a very short time and a secondary crash happened," Burtnett recalled. "I started running for my life and trying to get out of the way."

A skidding semi struck Burtnett and seriously injured him. It's been nearly six months since that day.  

"It's a long, hard recovery," Burtnett said. "I'm still dealing with the injuries and trying to get back out there."

Burtnett had knee surgery in March and does physical therapy three times a week. Recovery is not cheap, and Burtnett praised the way West Texas showed up for him. 

"I've never seen the kind of support that I received from them," Burtnett said. "Coming to the luncheon that was put on for me and also the different groups that really helped us financially, me and my family couldn't have survived without their help."

Vista Bank, Boots and Badges and numerous family friends who delivered meals, were just a few of the people Burtnett thanked.

"Quilts for Cops made a handmade quilt and sent it to me," Burtnett said. "So there was a lot of support from not only here in Texas, but outside the state."

As his story made national news, the attention grew.

"It was very much overwhelming at first," Burtnett said. "I was trying to get out of the hospital and get back to back to life, and had a lot of people reaching out."

Though a little overwhelmed, Burtnett said he's extremely grateful to have the support of so many.

Burtnett has been a Texas State Trooper for 16 years and recently was promoted to Sergeant of the State Crash Reconstruction Team, stationed in Lubbock. He started working on light duty in April and is hoping to get back out to serve his city on the highway soon. 

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