Apparently, as D was trapped and unconscious in his police SUV, a couple of men actually stole his gun and wallet, and while doing so they may have made the injuries even worse. He suffered some spinal injuries and, as anyone who has taken a First Aid class or watched an episode of ER knows, moving a person who has hurt their back and neck is probably the worst thing you could do. So, not only did these onlookers not help, but they likely caused more damage as they committed a crime on an unconscious and seriously hurt cop.
I just can't get this out of my mind, and my mom just informed me this evening that there is a chance that D won't make it. And if he does survive, it is highly likely that he will be paralyzed.
I can't picture D being paralyzed. He's a big, strong, boisterous man, who was always ready with a joke. He always seemed really eager to please and befriend people. Before he and my cousin separated, I spent a good amount of time at their house. They lived a mile away from my parents' house, and I often babysat their daughter after D went to work and before my cousin got home from her job as a nurse. Though I have only seen him once in the last 8 years or so, I just can't stop thinking of him and hoping he will pull through and not just survive, but someday walk again.
The only thing I can do is pray, I guess, and I have been doing that quite a lot. If you are so inclined and think of it, maybe you could include D in your prayers, too. I'm sure he would appreciate it and I know I would, as would my other cousin, 'The Lil Mom That Could'.