There was a big surprise for the McLoud police officer who made it out of a terrible crash last month with a trash truck. Officer Alan Smith had to be cut from his cruiser.
Thursday evening during a gathering in McLoud, Officer Alan Smith was presented with a check for more than $13,000 raised for him and his family.
There were a lot of wheels rolling up to little Archer's house for Christmas even Santa was there, but there was one person even more special than Santa to a 6-year-old, his dad.
But now a new set of wheels has rolled in the best surprise of all.
“So excited,” Archer Smith said. His dad has been home since January16 and is in a wheelchair.
“We hanged out and watched a movie and all the stuff I wanted to do with my dad,” Archer said.
Officer Smith was in a medically induced coma and has no recollection of the accident that he survived.
“I had no idea what happened at first, and then after watching the news videos and stuff it was really horrifying,” Smith said. “I felt really lucky to be in this kind of condition.”
His recovery is going well and with therapy he'll be walking again soon.
“My hip was broken in two places,” he said. “That's why I'm in a wheelchair. They put some screws in, put my left leg back in place. I have six broken ribs I think. Both of my collar bones are broken, multiple fractures in my face, a little nerve damage to the left side of my face.”
He's now back home with his family, and soon he hopes back in uniform.
“Oh, definitely,” he said. “I'll definitely go back.”
The money raised was all from donations made to a GoFundMe account that had been set up for the officer.