NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Paralyzed Metro police officer Danita Marsh was one of the first officers to visit Sgt. Mark Chesnut in the hospital after he was shot several times in the line of duty.
Three weeks ago, Sgt. Chesnut, 44, suffered critical abdominal gunshot wounds when he stopped a Mississippi prison escapee and his accomplice on Interstate 40 in Bellevue.
Nearly three years ago, Marsh suffered paralyzing gunshot wounds while answering a domestic call.
Now, she offers to hope to Sgt. Chesnut, who has a long road to recovery.
"Danita was at the hospital within hours of Mark being shot," said Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas, at a golf fundraiser for Marsh on Thursday. "She drove herself down there and was one of the first ones to visit him and his family."
Marsh received a $25,000 check from the fundraiser and the same amount was also given to a domestic abuse shelter called Morning Star Sanctuary.
Chief Serpas said, "There are very few people who have lived through what they have lived through and she immediately made herself available to Mark and his family, and that is just another sign of her outstanding personality, outstanding dedication to other officers."
Marsh remains very private and very quiet about her own person struggle that has touched so many but says the same kind of "prayers, positive thoughts and community support" she received will be needed by Chesnut.