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It Happened in An Instant!
JUST THREE weeks past graduation from academy, my dream of a career in law enforcement ended when I became the victim of a careless driver. A detention deputy was riding ...

IT HAPPENED IN AN INSTANT!

Deputy Andrew McIntosh

Crawford County, AR, Sheriff’s Department

JUST THREE weeks past graduation from academy, my dream of a career in law enforcement ended when I became the victim of a careless driver. A detention deputy was riding with me, and we had been talking about “religion.” I carried a Peace Officer’s Bible in my car, but never read it and didn’t go to church. I had a nagging feeling God was trying to get my attention, but, like the prophet Jonah, I ran.

At a major intersection, a car approached from the side at a high rate of speed. Before I could get his attention with my lights, he ran the stop sign and hit me. The crash knocked my car onto an embankment, and I felt a sting in my back and a sharp pain down my right leg. I knew I should remain still, but I felt responsible as an officer. I checked on my passenger, who also was injured, then got out of my car. The driver of the other vehicle got out of his car, and told me his hand was hurt. I asked bystanders to move down the road and stop traffic, then notified Dispatch. The radio lit up with chatter when they heard an officer had been in a collision and was down. The pain became more intense, and I collapsed into my seat when backup arrived.

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As they were running tests at the hospital, a fellow deputy called my wife to tell her what had happened. When she arrived and burst into tears I told her, “I’m fine; just a few scratches!” However, the pain persisted after I returned to work, and I went in for more tests. My lower lumbar discs—L-5 and S-1—were herniated into the spinal cord, and I needed surgery. Thus began a year where I had two surgeries with two metal cages, two metal rods, and ten screws installed in my back. My career was over.

I realize that sometimes God uses our worst times to get our attention. As devastating as this has been, I have returned to the Lord and become closer to him. I also have become closer to my wife and children. Though the accident caused much pain, God has eased it with his peace. Through my hurt I rejoice, for now I am free from what kept me from God, and realize how blessed I am. I know God will continue walking with me as I try to honor him in my life.


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