Lexington Police Dept. rallies around employees hurt in ATV crash

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Lexington Police Department is rallying around one couple, both of whom work for the department, after a bad ATV accident this week.

"I think we know this isn't something that when Monday comes and we go back to work is going to be okay," Sgt. Billy Richmond said.

Come Monday two of the Lexington Police Department's own won't walk into work.

Richmond went on to say, "Todd's been at her side since it happened, pretty much. We've kind of had to force him away to get some rest."

Todd Kleinjan, a motorcycle officer, and Katie Rhea, who worked for years as a patrol officer before becoming a detective, are just four short weeks out from their wedding; All the plans now put on hold after a serious ATV crash on the couple's farm.

"Fortunately, and we really don't understand how, Todd has kind of walked away from it with no long-lasting injuries. Something happened to cause him to lose control of the side-by-side," Richmond said. "Katie was pinned under it with her head being hit by the row bar."

Rhea was flown to UK Hospital with a number of facial fractures, just today [Friday] undergoing one surgery of many to come. Although friends say the couple will come out on the other side of this, WKYT is told there's a long road of recovery ahead for Rhea.

"I guess things happen," Richmond said. "They certainly never expected this and neither did we."

A number of people are now rallying around the couple.

"We rely on each other sometimes in ways that the average person either doesn't have to understand or just can't really understand."

That line of duty bond is one that won't be broken by this circumstance. Richmond is working to raise money, hoping to relieve some of the burden.

Richmond said, "To some degree you get that sense that we can fix so many things for so many people. We take care of so many problems on a daily basis, so then here all of a sudden it's one of our own and we can't fix it. We're helpless. We're at the mercy of whatever the good Lord decides."

Richmond tells WKYT, luckily Rhea doesn't have any brain injuries from the crash. It's not clear how long it'll take her to recover.



 
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