By Erica Thomas, managing editor
LEEDS — The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) is investigating a crash involving a Leeds Police Officer. The crash happened late on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021.
Officer Jordan Palmer was responding to a call when his patrol vehicle collided with another vehicle, according to his longtime friend, Madison McElroy. Palmer had to be extricated from the vehicle and he was taken to UAB Hospital for treatment. McElroy said Palmer suffered a broken leg, a broken wrist, scratches and bruises, and he will have to undergo surgery.
McElroy said she got the call about the crash and got in touch with Palmer while he was waiting to get a room at UAB. Although he had a long wait, Palmer said McElroy stayed strong. After knowing Palmer for six years, she said she was not surprised at how positive he seemed on the phone.
“He was making jokes at this hospital and he is so funny and positive,” she said. “He’s very caring and always doing for others and just very selfless…He asked me how my grandmother was because she has COVID. He has a neck brace on and he’s asking about my grandmother. So, that tells you what kind of person he is.”
McElroy said Palmer has a lot of friends and is well known throughout Leeds.
“He has a heart of gold and is always worried about other people before himself,” McElroy explained. “He’s outgoing, funny and very honest. He’s all-around a good person. He’s happy-go-lucky with everything and is always thinking about the positive in any situation.”
A local support group for law enforcement officers, We Got Your Six Bham, is asking for donations to go towards a gift basket for Palmer. You can make a donation online by clicking here or send a donation via Venmo @wegotyoursixbham.
Cards and other donations can be made and picked up. For more information, message We Got Your Six Bham on Facebook.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has not released details on the crash. There is no word on the condition of others involved.