Austin officer paralyzed after falling from cliff in ATV

The officer was on vacation in New Mexico when she fell nearly 45 feet from a cliff


By Mark D. Wilson
Austin American-Statesman

AUSTIN — An Austin police officer on vacation in New Mexico was paralyzed last Saturday after falling nearly 45 feet from a cliff while riding an all-terrain vehicle.

The officer, Tammy Barrett, was pinned under the ATV for several hours before emergency crews could free her, according to Austin Cops for Charities.

Barrett was taken to University Medical Center in El Paso, where she had a 14-hour spine surgery on Monday.

“Her prognosis at this time is that she will not walk again,” Austin Cops for Charities said on their website. “But her family is clinging to the one good news her doctors gave them: They found fibers in her spine so they are offering the hope that if she works hard and trains those fibers she may be able to stand and maybe have some movement.”

The organization has started raising money to help Barrett’s family pay for medical and recovery expenses.

Donations can be made on the Austin Cops for Charities website, or mailed to: Austin Cops for Charities c/o Tammy’s Recovery Fund, 5817 Wilcab Road, Austin.

“This will be a long road to recovery, but Tammy is a strong lady and she has the support of her APD family and the Austin community of which she has served proudly for the past 10 years,” the organization said.

©2018 Austin American-Statesman, Texas

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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