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Monday, March 11, 2013

Mason police officer injured in crash identified

Dinh
The Mason police officer seriously injured in a head-on collision Feb. 28 in Annandale has been identified as Long “Junior” V. Dinh. Officer Dinh’s cruiser was crushed, trapping him in the drivers’ compartment as he was responding to a police pursuit of an aggressive driver.

“The impact of the collision created several serious injuries,” Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 77 reports. “The expected recovery is going to be difficult and long term. Officer Dinh is supported by encouragement through his family and friends as he battles his injuries and a difficult recovery.”

FOP Lodge 77 is spearheading the only fundraising drive to assist with Dinh’s long-term care that has been sanctioned by his family. Click here to donate.

Dinh has suffered multiple broken bones—ankle, legs (in several places), jaw, cheekbones, and hand—and has had a series of surgeries, reports a blog put out by family members to provide updates and allow people to contribute messages of love and support. He has also suffered blood on the brain and has been in a coma.

As a gesture of support, the family has asked people to tie a blue ribbon around a mailbox or tree and send them a photo. Dinh attended T.C. Williams High School and George Mason University. He has been on the Fairfax County police force for five years, all of that time on patrol in the Mason District.

3 comments:

  1. Our hearts go out to him and his family and I thank him for his service.

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  2. OK, everyone, lets get those blue ribbons on our trees and/or mailboxes to show our support of Officer Dinh! Check the FOP website for how to contribute, if you can. Let's all show our support to this injured officer.

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  3. Thank you all! I am currently recovering and doing well!

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