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The Parker County Sheriff’s Office and county offices are praying for Patrol Sgt. Rusty Arnold and his family.
Arnold was involved in an off-duty accident on Highway 199 in Springtown, Monday morning, Dec. 13, where he suffered severe head trauma. He was flown by air ambulance to a Fort Worth hospital where he is in intensive care listed in critical but stable condition.
According to a Texas Department of Public Safety initial investigation, Sgt. Arnold was the second vehicle stopped at a red light when he was hit from behind by a third vehicle.
DPS Trooper Daniel Walker said the driver of the third vehicle, identified as Louis Guerra, 64, of Fort Worth, was traveling between 50 to 60 miles-per-hour, when he hit the rear of Sgt. Arnold’s vehicle. Guerra was taken to an Azle Hospital by ground ambulance with unknown injuries. The driver of the first vehicle, identified as Joyce Sistrunk, 58, of Aledo, was also taken to an Azle hospital with unknown injuries. DPS troopers said there is no indication of intoxication involvement.
Arnold’s wife and young son have been by his bedside and are requesting the public’s prayers.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said Arnold has been with the Sheriff’s Office since June 2001. He earned a corporal’s rank in Oct. 2006, and was promoted to patrol sergeant in Nov. 2008. He is a war veteran with active service in Operation Iraqi Freedom from Jan. 2003 to Feb. 2004 as a sergeant in the United States Army Reserves.
“The department has pulled together in support of Sgt. Arnold and his family,” Fowler said. “Rusty is highly admired and respected among patrol and throughout the department as an excellent leader and friend. Every employee has expressed their concerns. We are all praying for them and for his full recovery.”
An account has been established at Pinnacle Bank in Springtown under Rusty Arnold’s name, account number 4006853974. Donations are also being accepted at the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.