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One Monticello Life: George Strain

October 21st, 2007 by

It was around 1:30, Monday morning, January 29, 2007. Monticello Police Dept. Patrolman George Strain was working a call at the intersection of E. Gaines and Conley streets.

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That was when officer Strain was run over by an oncoming vehicle. The force of the impact that cold, early morning, either fractured or broke his right wrist, left leg, left ankle, and multiple ribs. One of the broken ribs punctured and collapsed his right lung. He also had a broken pelvis.

George spent the next 19 days hospitalized. When he was able to go home, he still had to use a wheel chair.

It’s now 9 months later, and he’s still in physical rehabilitation to overcome some of the muscle deficiencies from the accident, but George never gave up.

George grew up in Tamo, AR., just north of Dumas and Grady.

He joined the U.S. Army, received his high school diploma, and even earned college credit, while he was serving his country.

In the military, George was stationed in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky,and was a member of the 101 Airborne, and the 2 / 17 Cavalry Unit.  His military duties carried him to Germany, Egypt, & Panama.

When he left the service, George worked in construction and in food-service, until he entered law enforcement.

George’s police career began in McGehee, then Grady, before coming to the Monticello Police Dept. in August, 1999.

Next month, George will be celebrating his eighth anniversary to Mrs. Dorothy.

They are very active in First Missionary Baptist Church, on Bailey street, here in Monticello, and Mrs. Dorothy sings.

Mrs. Dorothy is a member of the McLettic Stars, a family singing group, that has traveled to over 20 different states, singing about God’s love, mercy, and grace.

Through George’s accident and recovery, they’ve been blessed by that love, mercy, and grace.

George told me, “going through the accident, and everything that followed, has given me the chance to talk, and to witness, to many people that I wouldn’t have had the chance to, without the accident.”

When I was talking to him, I realized that he sees this as an opportunity to make a difference in other people’s lives.

George isn’t still in that wheel chair.

Last week I saw him at City Hall. He was on his way to work.

Officer George Strain is back in uniform, in Monticello, serving as the School Resource Officer for the Monticello School System. His office is at the high school, but he’s on duty at all of the Monticello School facilities, spending time with the students, and he’s teaching them something, simply by being there.

Officer George Strain, now there’s a good roll-model for our kids, and for us.

George Strain, thanks for sharing your One Monticello Life.

Click here to read MonticelloLive.com’s original story about the accident.

Click here to read MonticelloLive.com’s original report, Officer Comes Home.

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4 Responses to “One Monticello Life: George Strain”

  1. Susan says:

    Way to go George!!! Everytime I have seen George since that accident he has been upbeat and determined to get back to work. I am blessed to know you George.

  2. Kay Craig says:

    This couldnt have been bestowed on a nicer guy. He was a real friend to my nephew when he needed one.
    So glad to see he is back on the job.

  3. My family and I have had the pleasure of calling Mr. George and his wonderful wife, Dorothy, friends of ours! They are so loving and it’s so great to see Mr. George back in uniform again! As the old saying goes” YOU CAN’T KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN!” To Mr. George and Ms. Dorothy.. We love you both..take care and May God Bless You Both..Always and Forever!!!

  4. melissa says:

    I WOULD LIKE TO SAY TO U MR.GEORGE WAY TO GO WITH THE KIDS AT THE MONTICELLO SCHOOL DISTRICT I CAN SAY THAT SEINCE THE ACCENIDENT YOU HAVE CAME A LONG WAYS AND I CAN AS OF TODAY 3-14-09 U ARE A CLOSE FAMILY FRIEND OF MINE AND TO MY FAMILY AND I AM PROUND TO CALL U A BROTHER IN CHRIST OF MINE
    LOVE U MELISSA

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