UPDATE: Community support pours in for deputy in intensive care after crash

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Deputy's patrol car after crash. (Photo By: Rick Singleton, Lauderdale County Sheriff)

Deputy's patrol car after crash. (Photo By: Rick Singleton, Lauderdale County Sheriff)

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - A Lauderdale County deputy remains in intensive care after a serious crash over the weekend.

However, the community is stepping up for him and his family.

Sheriff Rick Singleton said Austin Hill was involved in a one vehicle crash in his patrol car in the area of County Road 139, northwest of Zip City. He said it started when Hill responded to calls of drug activity in the area, then he spotted the vehicle in question.

"Apparently he turned around and was about to get involved in a pursuit when he wrecked," Singleton explained. "He's banged up pretty bad."

11836893_10153127910736795_1661619755074744559_nHill underwent surgery and is recovering at Huntsville Hospital. Back at home, his friends and fellow deputies are rallying behind him.

"Some of his classmates from high school set up a Gofundme account to help the family with expenses. This is going to be a long drawn out process."

 The Sheriff is also working to set up an account at an area bank for Hill. He's also trying to get behind the "Yellow Dot Program." He said it could benefit not only his deputies but the entire community in event of an accident.
The program allows drivers to place a yellow dot sticker on the windshield, directing first responders to the glove compartment. There, you fill out any emergency contacts and medical information they may need to better assist you.
"Deputies are participating in it, unfortunately we didn't have it in Austin's car when he wrecked recently. Had we had that in the car, we would have had some information right then that the medics needed."

State Troopers are investigating the incident. If you want to help Hill in his recovery, you can donate here.

If you'd like to get involved in the "Yellow Dot Program", you can pick up pamphlets from the Sheriff's office. They will also hold community events to pass them out.