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'I shouldn't have been here.' Chief Krumnow opens up about the crash that left him severely injured

Posted at 7:46 PM, Nov 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-09 00:30:11-05

RIESEL, TX — Riesel Chief of Police Danny Krumnow was released from the hospital this week- finally able to continue his recovery from home.

One month ago he was critically injured while on-duty. He and Falls County K-9 Deputy Matt Jones where hit by a car while assisting a motorist.

Tragically, Deputy Jones was killed in the crash.

25 News anchor Ann Harder sat down with Chief Krumnow to talk with him about his recovery, and to hear about some of the miracles he's experienced along the way.

"They put a guard outside my door in Temple for two weeks, and I don't know if it was the people against me or me against the people, but it makes a difference. It really does. When law enforcement comes and supports you, and all the other people are praying for you. It made a difference. I mean I shouldn't have been here," explained Chief Krumnow.

"It just, it speaks to the bravery of our first responders and our law enforcement who, every morning when you leave the house, you don't know if you're coming back," reflected 25 News anchor Ann Harder.

"Well I was fortunate because I was knocked underneath a police car, and Sheriff Scaman had issued that deputy a full EMT bag that had oxygen, and one lung was deflated, so how much more lucky could I have gotten? I doubt there's another one in McLennan or anywhere else that has a full EMT setup, and he's the one that treated me," said Chief Krumnow

"So right on the spot you really had the best care that you could get in that situation," replied Harder.

"Well we are so thrilled that you can be back home with your beautiful wife and able to continue your recovery, you know, in familiar surroundings. What lies ahead? What are you thinking as you get back on your feet and get going?" Harder continued.

"I gotta think about that. I'm not sure. I'm getting old and feeble so I'll just have to think about that as it comes," responded Chief Krumnow.

You can watch the full interview here:

'I shouldn't have been here.' Chief Krumnow opens up about the crash that left him severely injured