Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A Call for Help

Posted by on Tue, Nov 28, 2006 at 2:18 PM

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Donations are being collected to help injured Metro Officer Danita Marsh, who was ambushed by a gunman after responding to a domestic violence victim's call for help last month. A bullet struck Marsh in the spinal cord, leaving the three-year police department veteran and mother of one paralyzed from the waist down.

Officer Marsh was interviewing the domestic assault victim in her cruiser on Oct. 27 when the woman's boyfriend—convicted murderer Willie Lindsey—snuck up and opened fire, striking both the officer and his girlfriend. Despite being critically injured, Marsh managed to fire back, prompting her attacker to pistol-whip her in the head before leaving her to die. Both victims were rushed to the hospital and treated for serious injuries. Lindsey, who was arrested a short time later following a high-speed chase, had been released from prison in 1991 after serving only five years for a second-degree murder conviction.

Now, as Officer Marsh continues her fight to recover at Vanderbilt's Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, the nonprofit group 100 Club of Nashville is collecting tax-deductible donations to help Marsh and her 9- year-old son. The 100 Club, which was founded to aid the families of Nashville police and firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty, will turn over 100 percent the donations to Marsh. Click here for more information.


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