‘The big thing is that Mike's alive’: Wife of critically wounded LEO speaks out

A two-vehicle crash left two dead and five seriously injured, including Deputy Michael Trotter


By Suzie Ziegler 

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Deputy Michael Trotter faces a long road to recovery. On Wednesday, a car full of teenagers crashed into the deputy’s patrol car, killing two and leaving three more teens with serious injuries, reported KGW. Trotter suffered critical injuries.  

Trotter’s wife, Heather, spoke out about her husband’s injuries on Thursday. 

“His pelvis is destroyed,” she told KGW. “He had internal bleeding. It's a fairly low prognosis that he will get full function in his left leg.” 

Yet Heather is just glad her husband is alive. When the sheriff’s office knocked on her door Wednesday, she feared the worst. 

“I was like, ‘Oh my god, is he alive?’” she remembered. “[They said] ‘Yes — but we don't know his condition,’ And I was like, ‘Oh my god, thank you. OK, breathe.’” 

Heather says she’s grateful for the community support as the extent of her husband’s injuries become clearer.

A car full of teenagers crashed into the Deputy Michael Trotter's patrol car, killing two and leaving three more teens and Trotter with serious injuries.
A car full of teenagers crashed into the Deputy Michael Trotter's patrol car, killing two and leaving three more teens and Trotter with serious injuries. (GoFundMe)

“I don't know that I can say thank you enough,” she said. “The big thing is that Mike's alive. That's what makes me fine.” 

At a press conference last week, Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett said Trotter was in critical but stable condition. A GoFundMe has been set up to help Trotter and his family. The crash remains under investigation. 

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