Deputy still recovering after crash

SANFORD Deputy Danny Jackson hit a tree near the intersections of McDougald and McCormick Roads outside Lillington on March 13.

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The Harnett County Sheriff's Office said Jackson was headed to an alarm call when it happened. The Highway Patrol says Jackson wasn't speeding, but it was raining and the road was slick.

Family and co-workers have stayed at Jackson's bedside at UNC Hospital, saying prayers for the 26-year-old whose only dream they say is to be a law enforcement officer.

"When he first came here for initial interviews you could tell when we were talking to him that's what he wanted to do," co-worker Maj. Eddie Holder said.

And it's that determination they say that will bring Jackson back to the job he loves.

"And we are taking it day by day, as is his family but he is showing promise, and we are very hopeful for a full recovery," Harnett County Sheriff's Department Maj. Gary McNeil said.

In the meantime, co-workers and the community is coming together to help Jackson's wife and son with mounting bills.

"Initially they had to stay there 24 hours some members of the family had to stay close by, they had to use hotels to stay and that's expensive and parking and the gas money traveling back and forth is not covered by insurance," McNeil said.

Co-workers at the sheriff's department are organizing a fundraiser golf tournament for May 21. They are also donating vacation and sick leave time and have set up a special fund in Jackson's name at any BB&T bank branch for donations.

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