Former Checotah Policeman In Dire Need After Terrible Crash
CHECOTAH, Oklahoma - A former Checotah police sergeant is in need of a miracle after he was critically injured in a car crash on Thanksgiving.
The police chief says another driver ran a stop sign hitting Steve Kirby's pick-up truck. That driver died on impact.
Steve's wife, Kacy has been by his bedside around the clock since the accident praying that he wakes up.
"A lot of people are always saying how strong I am. You don't know what you have to do till you have to do it," said Kacy Kirby.
Last year Kacy and Steve nearly lost their 12-year-old son Kyler after his appendix ruptured causing a domino effect of health issues.
“That kept us in the hospital for a couple of months. It was pretty serious, and we didn't know if he was going to come out of that,” said Kacy.
Now Kacy is back in the hospital praying that her husband comes out of a coma. Since the accident two weeks ago tomorrow he's been unresponsive and on life support.
"I believe that he can still hear me and I know that, I'm sure he wouldn't want me to be sad but I have to. I believe he's going to wake up, I want him to,” she said.
Lifelong friend and Checotah Police Chief Darren Glover was on the scene of the crash.
"It was terrible, it was one of the worst I've seen, and I've been here a long time," said Chief Glover.
Steve was on his way to get gas for work the next day. He suffered a knee fracture, fractured hip, cervical spine fractures and a severe brain injury. Steve had been with the police department for 11 years turning in his badge to work for a railroad company for better pay.
"Everybody liked to work with Steve he was a no-nonsense guy," said Glover.
“Not a lot of people you'll meet that knows him or has met him that doesn't love him,” said Kacy.
Steve's family says he will be moved to a long care facility in Muskogee if there's not a change in his condition by the weekend.