Fundraiser Tops Six Figures for MHP Trooper Struck by Vehicle
You probably saw the news story about a Montana Highway Patrol trooper struck by a vehicle last week (2/16). ICYMI, Trooper Lewis Johnson (seen above with his family) was struck by a car while attempting to apprehend a suspect near Eureka. Trooper Johnson suffered severe injuries in the incident. According to an update received from the Montana Highway Patrol on Saturday, the trooper remains at Logan Health in Kalispell in serious but stable condition.
An outpouring of support from fellow Montanans.
A GoFundMe account was established for Trooper Johnson, with an original fundraising goal of $50,000. That number was quickly surpassed. As of Monday morning (2/20) the fundraiser sits at over $147,000! Wow. The details on the GoFundMe account shared some more details on the extent of his injuries.
Injuries sustained include a punctured lung, damaged liver, head injury, broken ribs, broken arm, broken leg and severe spinal trauma. Doctors anticipate recovery to be long and difficult.
Montana Highway Patrol Colonel Steve Lavin issued the following statement,
Our hearts go out to our MHP trooper and all law enforcement involved in today’s vehicle pursuit. This is a harsh reminder of the dangers we face in our jobs as law enforcement officers. I have no doubt the citizens of our great state will join with me in prayer for our trooper, the MHP family, and all law enforcement in this trying time.
Trooper Johnson has been with the MHP for 8 years. His wife also works in law enforcement and they live near Eureka. We're sending thoughts and positive energy to him and wish him a speedy recovery.