LANSING -- New details aboutMichigan State Police trooper injured in the line of duty were made available today, indicating Trooper Drew Spencer is not "out of the woods" but is showing signs of improvement.
The new information comes from a letter from the Michigan State Police Troopers Association President Christopher Luty to State Rep. Bob Genetski (R-Saugatuck).
According to the letter, Spencer suffered a severe head injury when he and his patrol car were struck by another vehicle. Spencer had pulled over a motorist and was returning to his patrol car at the time of the crash.
Spencer is a recent graduate of the state police's trooper school. He was working with his field training instructor when the accident occurred.
The letter was sent after Rep. Genetski inquired about resources available to help the trooper's family and how Michiganders can get involved.
Spencer's family is being helped by the Michigan State Troopers Assistance Fund, which covers expenses like hotel rooms for family members.
He is married with one child; his wife is nine months pregnant with their second.
Donations to the fund are tax deductible and will be immediately forwarded to Spencer's family, Luty said in the letter.
Anyone wishing to contribute can make checks out to MSTAF, with Tpr. Drew Spencer listed in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to MSTAF, 1715 Abbey Rd., Suite B, East Lansing, MI, 48823.
The association will also forward cards and notes of encouragement sent to the same address.
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