BPD officer Imrie improving

By Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers


Burnet Police Officer Matthew “Matt” Imrie, injured in a traffice accident near Marble Falls Jan. 10, is improving.

Following lengthy and delicate leg surgery for a badly broken femur bone on Jan. 11, Imrie remained in intensive care until Sunday, Jan. 14.

Police Chief Paul Nelson said Tuesday that Imrie is now in a rehabilitation center.

“He will be there for a couple of weeks,” Nelson estimated. “He is recovering, taking it a day at a time and getting stronger.”

He said that as soon as plans are complete for a fundraiser details would be posted on the department's Facebook page.

“All your prayers have been working and will continue to work for Officer Imrie and his family,” read the chief's last online post.

For now, a donation can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank location by identifying it as a contribution to the benefit fund for Matthew Imrie.

Department of Public Safety troopers assigned to investigation of the accident still have been unavailable with details, but reports from the scene described the accident as a two-car, head-on collision at the intersection of US 281 and Farm to Market Road 1855 (Fairland Road).

The Burnet County Sheriff's Department dispatcher received the first call on the collision at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 10. Almost immediately, social media was busy with prayers and condolences for Imrie and his 10-year-old daughter, Carleigh, a passenger in his SUV, who was not seriously injured.

Some reports have described Imrie turning on to US 281 when his SUV collided with a pick-up driven by James “Jimbo” Simpson. Simpson, who suffered an ankle injury, was reportedly on his way to pick up his wife who was being released from the hospital.

As Chief Nelson waited for the outcome of surgery Jan. 11, he said, “He’s in a fight, he’ll continue to fight and we will continue to stay by his side. I am a firm believer in prayer.”

Concern was pouring out also to Imrie's fiancé, Granite Shoals Police Officer Ginnie Fitzpatrick.

“The past 24 hours have been exceptionally tough, but BPD would like to thank the public for their tremendous support and prayers for Officer Imrie and his family,” Nelson said Wednesday. “Several people have asked us about how they can help the family in this difficult time. As a result of those inquiries, an account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank...to assist with the numerous medical bills and miscellaneous expenses that will be burdening the family in the coming months.

Imrie has been a patrol officer for the BPD for five years and was described by Chief Nelson as a man who “loves and takes pride in working with the youth in the community.”

“He has been a huge part of the success with the Burnet Police Explorers,” said the chief. “Officer Imrie had just taken off to go pick up his daughter, to get her situated at home, and was planning to return to work to attend the weekly Explorer meeting (when the accident occurred).”

In addition to the Wells Fargo account reported by Nelson, a GoFundMe account also was created at http://bit.ly/2ipHu4N.

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