You can take the girl out of Checotah, but you can’t take the Checotah out of the girl as Carrie Underwood donated to a good cause back in her Oklahoma hometown.
The country singer heard about a horrific car accident that Assistant Police Chief Justin Durrett was involved in, in which the vehicle rolled over and he was ejected. Durrett suffered from a broken neck, bruised spine and other separate injuries, and he was admitted into the ICU part of the hospital.
A GoFundMe page was set up to help Durrett and his family pay for the extensive medical bills and other needs following the accident, asking for a total of $20,000. Under her married name of Carrie Fisher, Underwood donated $10,000 to the cause. According to KOTV reporter Tess Maune, Underwood and Durrett were childhood friends.
With her generous giving among others, the amount soared quickly to a total of $13,020 by Tuesday morning. According to the GoFundMe account, Durrett “cannot feel from chest down, Legs nothing,” but is hoping for a full recovery to return to his work for the Checotah police force.
Durrett and his loved ones have really felt the support from the small-town area, receiving both money and prayers to aid him in the recovery process. It will be a long journey, but he and others want him back to following his dreams and helping people every day.
“He just misses his kids wants to walk and do his duty as a police officer and keep on keeping everyone safe,” the GoFundMe page reads. “It’s the least we can do to help out someone who lays his life on the line daily as well as his partners. Thank u to everyone who has prayed and thank u to checotah police dept. Haskell, Tulsa, y’all have been so supportive and we will forever be grateful. May God Bless u and keep everyone safe driving because we never know what will happen the next day or minute. We leave this in Gods hands!”
Those interested in donating to Durrell’s cause can visit his GoFundMe page by clicking HERE.