IA: Retired Muscatine Police officer falls from deer stand
Retired Muscatine Police officer falls from deer stand
January 20, 2011
MUSCATINE, Iowa — As a member of the Muscatine Police Department, John
Quinn spent years helping the public. Now, his family hopes they’ll return
A hunting accident this week left Quinn seriously injured — and possibly
partially paralyzed — and his family and friends are organizing a fundraiser
to help with mounting medical bills.
Quinn, 55, who served on the force for more than 20 years, was injured on
the morning of Jan. 17 when he fell nearly 15 feet from a deer stand he was
dismantling at the Pike Run Wildlife Area.
According to his brother-in-law, Dean Evans of Muscatine, Quinn fell on
his lower back.
He endured significant crunch damage to his lower back, said Evans, and,
according to his doctor, could be paralyzed below the knee.
Phil Sargent, assistant police chief for the Musca-tine Police
Department, worked with Quinn for more than 20 years, and said he was a very
good officer and friend.
“I thought this was just horrific when I heard about it. He was looking
forward to retirement,” said Sargent. “Hopefully, with medical treatment and
God’s help, the paralysis will be temporary ... He has a lot of life left to
Quinn, who served on the force as a police officer, member of the Drug
Task Force, and a detective, is at the University of Iowa Hospitals and
He underwent surgery Thursday, said Evans, and will likely need more
Evans and his wife, Donna Evans, are coordinating a fundraiser for Quinn
and his wife, Laura Quinn, who live in Musca-tine with Laura’s children,
Danay Reynolds, 15, and Jacob Davison, 18.
“John is covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield but the mounting medical bills
will surely be overwhelming,” said Dean Evans, who is Laura Quinn’s brother.
Laura and Dean Evans have set up the Facebook page for the John Quinn
Benefit to provide updates about Quinn’s recovery and plans for the benefit
which has been set for 6-11:30 p.m. Friday, April 8. Other details,
including location, are being worked out.
“Any help we can get is greatly appreciated,” said Dean Evans. “We’ve
never done this before.”
Dean Evans said he is impressed with the way people have responded in his
brother-in-law’s time of need, beginning at the scene of the accident.
“Three officers from the Muscatine County Sheriff’s department — I don’t
know who they were — worked in snow and freezing rain,” said Dean Evans,
describing Quinn’s rescue at the Pike Run wildlife area, 5 miles east of
Nichols in rural Muscatine County. “Those officers are amazing.”
Evans, who was not at the scene of the accident, said he was told that an
off-duty paramedic from Muscatine Fire Department, who is Quinn’s neighbor,
also went to the scene to help.
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