LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - The Brookshire Brothers Grocery Company has made a donation in honor of a Lufkin police officer who was struck by a vehicle in May.
Members of the Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation gathered Friday morning at the Gaslight location on Frank Street to present the checks totaling almost $15,000.
The Lufkin-based grocer took donations at all of their Angelina County stores for the past month in order to help Officer Seth Thompson.
Customers had the opportunity make a $1, $5, or $10 donation at the register. Those donations added up to $7,150 for Thompson and his family.
The Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation matched those donations and presented a second check to the Lufkin Police Officer’s Association.
“Just the support that my family and I and the police department have received through everything has been overwhelming, and we’re just extremely grateful for that,” Thompson said.
On May 4, Thompson was working a minor wreck on Timberland Drive. The vehicles involved in that wreck pulled into the Cox Muffler parking lot. Minutes later, a secondary wreck happened, injuring Thompson.
The dash cam video shows what appears to be a white SUV crossing lanes of traffic and entering a parking lot before hitting the Lufkin police vehicle. Body-cam video also shows the impact from Thompson’s point of view. The vehicle fled the scene. Nakishia Samuel, 40, was charged in that collision after turning herself into police.
“Right now, I’m doing physical therapy with Regional here in Lufkin, and they’re great. They’re getting me back to where I need to be and you know we’re just kind of playing it by ear by the doctors,” Thompson said.
Thompson, 28, said he sustained significant tissue damage in his right leg among other injuries.
“My right knee is really the only things that’s still bothers me quite a bit, and then I’d broken a bone in my left hip, and every once in a while I can tweak that just right to where it will hurt, but my main injury for now still kind of the right knee,” Thompson said.
Thompson said it’s emotionally difficult to revisit the day of the accident.
However, Thompson’s leaning on his training and moving past his obstacles from the day he was hit.
“I think Lufkin (Police) does a great job of preparing us for the situations we encounte,r and that just kind of took everything away. I didn’t really have a chance. That was the most difficult thing for me to overcome,” Thompson said.
As the community has poured out its support, Thompson is expressing and giving back his gratitude.
“We appreciate everybody in this town and community - even the people not from this community that have reached out. People from other countries, people from other states, it’s just been crazy, and I just want to say thank you to everybody,” Thompson said.
Thompson has been through two battles with cancer. When he went into remission last year, his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thompson said this week his wife found out she has no active signs of cancer.