Benton police collecting donations for injured officer

LaRandle Taylor, who was shocked while on duty, is a part-time officer and ineligible for full benefits such as sick time, vacation

Benton police collecting donations for injured officer
When a driver failed to stop, his vehicle hit downed utility lines, causing them to hit Officer LaRandle Taylor and his squad car. (Source: Benton PD)

BENTON, La. (KSLA) - The Benton Police Department is taking donations for one of its own.

To help with the cost of medical bills and living expenses, Benton PD has opened an account on his behalf.

Officer LaRandle Taylor was shocked while on duty Saturday, Jan. 11, in the Benton area. Taylor was attempting to stop an oncoming driver from hitting down power lines on state Highway 3 just north of Burt Boulevard.

When the driver failed to stop, his vehicle hit the down utility lines, causing them to hit Taylor and his squad car.

Taylor, who sustained injuries in both his arms and legs, “still has a long road to a full recovery," according to Deputy David Hamm.

As a part-time officer, Taylor is ineligible for full benefits such as sick time and vacation.

Donations are being accepted in an account set up at First National Bank of Benton, 104 Sibley St. Donations should be made to account number 1133047 that’s in Taylor’s name.

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