Community to Gather Saturday for Injured AR State Trooper

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LITTLE RIVER COUNTY, Ark. (ArkLaTex) – An Arkansas State Trooper from Little River County who was injured while responding to a call last week underwent his fourth surgery on Friday.

Arkansas State Police Corporal Clayton McWilliams remains hospitalized in Little Rock after his vehicle hit a tree as he was responding to an accident.  Heavy rainfall in the area is believed to have contributed to the cause of the crash.

Little River County Deputy Marcus Pullen, who is also McWilliams’ brother-in-law, responded to the scene.  “When I got to him I knew it was gonna be pretty rough,” he said.  “His tibia, fibula was broken, a compound break, and then his left femur was broke in several places and his pelvis was broke and he did have a brain bleed,” Pullen added.

Ever since the accident, friends of the 32-year-old husband and father have been busy organizing an event to offset McWilliams’ medical expenses.  Event organizer Johnny Brown said, “Every morning it starts, which is a good thing, and it keeps going all day and all night.”

Brown remembers a time when the family of McWilliams’ wife, Lila, hosted a fundraiser for him after a four-wheeler accident left him with a cracked skull.  “We’re family,” he said.

The tight-knit community is asking for prayer as McWilliams’ family celebrates small miracles at the hospital.  Pullen said, “He’s had his eyes open a couple of times and the way I understand it, 
he’s purposefully looking for voices he hears, but he has not been able to communicate.” 

Hundreds are expected on Saturday to support the injured officer on his road to recovery.  “We all ask for everybody to pray,” Pullen said.

Saturday’s chili dinner is set for 5pm at the Ashdown High School Cafeteria.  There will be numerous items up for auction including gift cards, Yeti ice chests, guns and a helicopter ride.  For more information on items for auction you can visit the event’s Facebook page:

You can also make a donation at any branch of Mil-Way Federal Credit Union or Diamond State Bank.

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