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Community using t-shirts, raffles to support families of fallen deputy, injured police chief

Posted at 7:01 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 20:01:14-04

Community members continue to rally around the families of fallen Falls County K-9 Deputy Matt Jones and Riesel Chief of Police Danny Krumnow.

On Friday, October 11, Deputy Jones and Chief Krumnow were assisting another vehicle on Highway 6 near CR-109 when a Mazda hydroplaned and struck the two.

Deputy Jones was killed in the crash, while Chief Krumnow was critically injured.

One group is selling "Slow Down, Move Over" t-shirts in order to help the families with medical and funeral expenses.

Brittany White is the mother of Chief Krumnow’s granddaughter and is hoping to use the tragedy to spread awareness.

"I kind of had the idea to come up with the t-shirt to kind of raise awareness for this situation,” White said. "The whole idea of the shirts was based on the accident and the fact that any one of us could have been that driver, anyone of us could have had this happen to us and sometimes we just need a subtle reminder to slow down move over."

Thanks to the partnership between White and Lone Star T-Shirts, the first order of 75 t-shirts was placed on Tuesday, but White is hoping to place another order on November 2.

The shirts are $20, and all of the money raised will be given to both families.

You can also donate to the GoFundMe page set up for the chief.

There will also be a raffle drawing on October 26 to help the family of Deputy Jones.

Before then, anyone can purchase a $50 ticket for the chance to win over $6,000 worth of prizes.

As of Monday, Chief Krumnow is completely off the breathing machine, according to the Riesel Police Department.

In an update, the department said the chief "has made great progress in the last 12 hours," and is "trying to walk out of here."