POSTED: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 8:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 8:44pm
Longview, TX — About 25 Longview police officers rallied around their injured co-worker this afternoon to express their displeasure with a policy that will end Leigh Ann Snyder's employment 12 months after she was injured in the line of duty wrong.
The group outside the Longview Police Department was led by state officers of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas.
"Open the door, so the chief can hear me, too," CLEAT Public Affairs Director Charley Wilkison said to start the news conference.
On December 11, Snyder and a passenger were injured when a drunken driver slammed her patrol car.
“By the time I noticed him, there was just no time to react,” Snyder said. “With the speed of both our vehicles, once I saw him that was it.”
The wreck occurred about 8:30 a.m., about an hour into Snyder’s shift.
She was participating in a citizen ride along with a civilian passenger, responding to a business alarm call when the wreck happened in the 5200 block of W. Loop 281. The Jaws of Life were used to extricate Snyder and passenger, Courtney Walker.
Snyder underwent emergency surgery at Good Shepherd Medical Center. Walker was treated for non-life threatening injuries including a concussion and a severed artery in her stomach.
Snyder joined the Longview Police Department in 2005 after serving in the Army.
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