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Club Assists Paralyzed Metro Officer

Picture of Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas; Danita Marsh; nurse Brittany Hill; and Marsh's mother, Vivian. Picture of Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas; Danita Marsh; nurse Brittany Hill; and Marsh's mother, Vivian.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- An organization is helping a Metro police officer regain some of her life's basic needs.

The 100 Club of Nashville is helping to pay for accessible housing and a specially equipped vehicle for Officer Danita Marsh, who was paralyzed from the waist down.

She was ambushed and critically wounded while assisting a domestic assault victim in October.

Danielle McDowell's boyfriend, Willie Lindsey shot Marsh and McDowell as the women sat in Marsh's patrol car.

Marsh received extensive gunshot wounds to her arms and spinal cord.

In November, the club announced that it was committed to helping Marsh and her son regain "some of life's basic choices, such as deciding where to live and the freedom to manage their own transportation, choices that were horribly taken from them by a criminal," said 100 Club Secretary Rick Smith.

The late Bill Trickett and the late John T. Johnson established Nashville's 100 Club 27 years ago to help the families of officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. It also helps firefighters and officers who receive life-altering injuries on the job.

On Friday, Marsh was named the Metropolitan Police Department's Patrol Officer of the Year. She attended the ceremony at the North Precinct, which was the first time she visited the station since the shooting.

"Danita is a true inspiration to all of us in this police department," said Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas during the ceremony in which Marsh and other officers were honored.  "Her courage and determination are amazing and encouraging."

To contribute to Marsh's fund, checks may be made payable to the 100 Club of Nashville and include Danita Marsh's name in the memo portion. The police department and the organization said 100 percent of the contributions will go to the Marsh fund.

Checks can be mailed to The Hundred Club of Nashville, P.O. Box 190428, Nashville, Tennessee, 37219-0428.

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