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Benefit account created for injured Va. trooper

Wes Bunch • Apr 16, 2013 at 9:36 AM

GATE CITY — An account has been set up at area New Peoples Bank locations to accept monetary donations for a Virginia State Police trooper injured last week during a high-speed pursuit through Scott County.

Trooper James C. Lawson is currently recovering from his injuries at Holston Valley Medical Center's Wilcox Hall.

Donations to the benefit account created for Lawson can be made at any New Peoples Bank location in Southwest Virginia or Northeast Tennessee.

Lawson sustained undisclosed head injuries April 9 when his VSP cruiser struck a parked vehicle head-on on Daniel Boone Road while he was attempting to apprehend the suspect who allegedly sparked the chase.

Lawson had to be transported to the hospital by Med-Flight and was listed in serious condition for over 24 hours after the wreck.

It is not know when Lawson will be allowed to return to work, or how long his treatment will last.

In addition to his role as a state police officer, Lawson also serves as the assistant fire chief for the town of Gate City's volunteer fire department.

Click here for a listing of New Peoples Bank locations.

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