11 December 2019
Sussex Police Federation is asking for donations to help support Darren Triggs, a 36-year-old PC and father of two who suffered a blood clot last week and is now paralysed from the chest down.
In the week before he fell ill Darren was kicked in the back by a detainee while he was driving them to custody. Five days later he woke in the night to severe chest pains and was taken to hospital, where it was diagnosed that he had a blood clot on his spine. The doctors are unable to state one way or the other whether the assault and the clot are connected.
He was rushed into surgery to remove the clot and, although he survived the surgery, he is now paralysed from the chest down and will never walk again – he may not even be able to sit up unaided.
Darren has a four-year-old daughter with Down’s syndrome and a younger daughter; his wife is also seven months’ pregnant. Sussex Police Federation has set up a Just Giving page to help Darren and his family at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/pc-darren-triggs-sussex?utm_id=1&utm_term=zYJa4zV95.
Matt Webb, Chairman of Sussex Police Federation, said: “PC Triggs’ life has entirely changed. It’s at times like this when the police family is at its best, coming together to support one of our own.
“Sussex Police Federation is working with Darren’s friends and colleagues at Chichester to ensure they are getting all the support they need. And of course we are supporting our colleague’s family at this terrible time.”
Giles York, Chief Constable of Sussex Police, said: “All our thoughts are with Darren and his family. Thank you for so much support so quickly. The force is working closely with the Federation to give our support.”