Craig Barnes Donation Page

$21,215 of $10k goal

Raised by 278 people in 27 months
Bill Zientara  CHESTERTON, IN
Hello everyone. Some of you may or may not know Craig Barnes. Craig serves on the Lynwood, IL Police Department and was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in Iowa on Saturday, June 14th, 2014 while on a trip with friends and fellow officers. He has suffered multiple fractures to his skull, face and ribs, as well damage to the lining of his lungs and is on a breathing machine. He has had surgery to relieve the pressure on his brain and there may be more injuries according to the treating doctors but won’t know until they get the most serious issues addressed first.

  Soon, Craig will need to be airlifted from the University of Iowa Hospital to Northwestern Hospital in Chicago to receive further neurological treatment that Northwestern can provide. However, the insurance will not cover the $10,000 airlift cost. To help with the cost and to provide support for his family going forward, we are humbly asking for donations.

  Craig is from Highland, IN originally and now lives in Burns Harbor, IN. He is married to his wife Jennifer and has four children, Kyle, Zach, Jake and step-son, Lou. Kyle graduated from Chesterton HS last year and was accepted into the United States Air Force last fall, following in Craig’s footsteps. Zach, who has Muscular Dystrophy, will be attending Ball State University this year, Jake will be a sophomore this year at Chesterton HS and Lou, a star athlete, will be a freshman at Chesterton HS as well.

  Craig is also a devoted son (Craig’s father, Larry Barnes, is a retired police officer from Highland, IN), brother, uncle, nephew and dear friend to many people and fellow police officers in Northwest Indiana and the south suburbs of Chicago, IL. As well as the Air Force Special Police, Air Marshall, Customs and Railroad Police, he has served on several local police departments including; Highland, IN, Burnham, IL, Porter, IN, Burns Harbor, IN and currently Lynwood, IL.

  Craig has selflessly served his country and its citizens and has been there to help family and friends whenever they needed it. Now, he desperately needs our help in his time of need. Any help will be greatly and humbly appreciated. May God bless you all.

If you would like to help Craig and his family, donations can be made three ways:

1) Checks made out to: Laurie Barnes-Zientara (Craig’s sister)
and mailed to: 1368 Admiral Drive, Porter, IN 46304.

2) Go to any BMO Harris Bank or call 219-926-8534 and mention:
Fundraising for Craig Barnes, Account # - 4815028117 and let them know you would like to donate.

3) Go to - http://www.gofundme.com/af3npc to make your donation.
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Update 7
27 months ago

We would Like to thank everyone for their generous support. Craig has a long road to recovery and everyday is a miracle. Craig is working very hard on his recovery through Occupational and Physical Therapy and of course varied doctor appointments. Craig still cannot hear out of his right ear so that is a huge concern. Your prayers and kindness are true inspiration. Each and every note with or without a donation means so much to Craig and our family. The generous donations will be greatly needed due to the mounting hospital and Doctor bills that are not covered by insurance. Thank you from our family and we hope each and everyone of you and yours are blessed.
Sincerely,
Laurie Barnes-Zientara (Craig's Sister)
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Update 6
27 months ago

Okay everyone, I am handing it off to Craig...

I would like to take a moment and thank EVERYONE for their THOUGHTS , COMMENTS, PRAYERS, and DONATIONS. This is my first time I"ve really been able to look and comment myself.

I don't have a lot of info but I'd like to fill you in on what happened that
night and since.

My friend's and I went to Iowa the past few years for a bike festival on the river. This year we had to make reservations somewhere different than normal. One exit further on I80 and on a road we never road down or on.

Friday night after riding all day, it was sometime after 12:30 am, so really Saturday morning, we were heading back towards our hotel and the Denny's. I was apparently about 30 seconds to a minute a head of everyone. I have no recollection or memory or what happened at that point.

My friends rode up, I was on the ground, close tattered and torn up. My bike several feet, if not further away from me. I was apparently not breathing.....My friends revived me as we waiting for the police and EMS.

I was rushed to the ER in Davenport where they basically couldn't help me. I was flown to the Iowa City ER and Trauma center.

As I arrived my wife was contacted and told things were not looking good for me and that she needed to get to Iowa.

I had a large brain injury that was bleeding and causing hemorrhage and a clot. The Trauma docs there operated on me and stabilized on me. It was pretty much a miracle. I was then sent to their ICU and that's where I stayed.

I was finally sent to their Trauma / Intermediate unit Friday afternoon.

At that point and now, I have a large hole, staples, and stitches in my head. Apparently I had a valve in there as well. I have a broken right ear. I have at least 6-7 broken ribs on the right side. I have a hole and stitches where I had another valve which helped my lung. My right lung was punctured and scraped by the ribs.

My right side, from ribs down to my thigh, are enormous and swollen. At this point the doctors are hoping this is helping my body, and my right leg is pretty mangled up.

Friday evening we were told that the hospital I was in was not in my insurance network. They also knew I didn't live close by. So they began to work on getting me out of there so at some point my insurance would kick in and I could start some rehabbing. The Chicago Rehab Institute was contacted by the hospital and they were also not in network.

I was now being taken care of by a good Trauma staff and hospital and I was eventually going to be responsible for the bills. The doctor also said that at that time if I did in fact leave to go somewhere else which was in network that I would need to be flown there.

Friday night and Saturday I began to feel very helpless and falling down a hole I may not be able to get out of. I began to try to to do as much as possible myself. Moving a bit, using the restroom, whatever. Jennifer and my sister Laurie Barnes-Zientara began to research and look into my options as far as getting out of there and going somewhere that was in my network.

Sunday afternoon I spent a couple of hours with the on site therapy guy. He was amazed at my progress. The staff doc was also pleased with what was going on. Monday morning I had 2 more therapists come to visit me at which time I passed their tests and then saw a couple more Trauma docs. Everyone was very happy and astonished at my progress. I was then told that I was no longer going to be required to be flown to a rehab, instead I could take a commercial flight or take a car.

I decided that my sister could drive me and Jennifer would drive with is. I spent several more hours with therapists and docs getting through more tests so they could write off my folders and get me released and sent to another rehab location. Most likely an outpatient instead of an inpatient.

Monday afternoon I was finally discharged and allowed to leave. I was packed into the front seat with several pillows we left.

I am still waiting to hear back from several local doctors and rehab locations. I have quite a long road to travel down. Lots of doctors and rehabs I have to start seeing to hopefully get back to normal. I can barely walk and talk.

The original ERs and Trauma center have not started sending bills yet but I'm assuming it will be soon since I had a lot done there and and it is my information nothing was covered. Seems strange to me but oh well.

I was dead for a short time, my friends brought me back, and then progressed forward quicker than anyone thought was possible.

I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU AGAIN TO EVERYONE FOR ALL OF YOUR COMMENTS, THOUGHTS, AND PRAYERS. I FEEL SO LUCKY TO BE HERE NOW AND HONORED FOR ALL THE HELP.
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Update 5
27 months ago

Hello everyone...

It looks like the move to Northwestern will take place next week and as early as Monday(if all goes right), according to doctors. The family is in communications with an airlift company and I will give more details on them when I get the word.

As of today, we are learning more about his other injuries which include, broken bones in his ears and a sinus cavity fracture, as well as deep brusing over his body. There is also a leg nerve issue that needs further attention.

Once again, the family sends their deepest an sincerest thank you's to each of you. They are humbled by the amount of love and outpouring of support that you all have shown to Craig and the family.

While Craig is slowly improving he is by no means out of the woods. His recovery is going to long, extremely painful and uncertain. So please, do not stop forwarding this to anyone that you think can help them, as the family will need all the support they can receive during this long journey to recovery.

Sincerely,
Bill

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Update 4
27 months ago

Good morning everyone. And it truly is a good day for Craig. Last night, the doctors took his neck brace off. He also was finally able to speak! And, this morning he actually was able to eat...pancakes. He still has an incredibly long and difficult recovery ahead of him but these are hopefully signs of great things to come for Craig.

The doctors are saying that he is getting close to the time where he will need to be moved to Northwestern and this is only possible because of every one of you that gave what they could, be it monetary, offers of help, prayers, thoughts or kind words. For this, the family is deeply humbled and forever indebted to you. I personally hope to one day be able to give each of you a handshake and a hug and look you in the eyes and say, "Thank you!"

We also want to say thank you again to Craig's friends that saved his life at the scene and every medical and emergency services professional that got him every step of the way to the University of Iowa Hospital. And, a huge thank you to the University of Iowa Hospital and their medical team that saved Craig's life.

I will continue to update everyone as I get them from the family.
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Debbie Blumer
27 months ago

Glad to hear you are getting better. Prayers to you and your family.

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Jeannie Williams
27 months ago

Porter County Dispatch has been thinking of you and praying. So happy to hear that you have come this far in such a short amount of time and full recovery will come quick.

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Rose Kozlowski Bach
27 months ago

Hi Jen and Craig. Prayers are with you and all my love always. You are tough, both of you...

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Don Rosenski
27 months ago

God bless you, keep up the fight brother.

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Sophie Pawinski-Brown
27 months ago

Thoughts and prayers are with you daily. Hope he can get treatment in Chicago real soon so family can see him.

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Vivian Sech
27 months ago

I'm so sorry Jennifer... my thoughts are with you and your family

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Jeanene Kopcha
27 months ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to Craig and his family. Praying for a speedy recovery!! You can do this Craig!!

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Celia Loza
27 months ago

Bill, please contact me 773-677-6285.

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Jeannie Williams
27 months ago

You did it!!! Thank you for taking the time to set this up for Craig and his family. The way that people have stepped up and helped is amazing. I have watched the donations grow from $300 yesterday afternoon to hit the mark today. It is truly amazing. May Craig get all the care he needs and that his recovery is speedy.

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BobnLaura Schappert
27 months ago

You might want to contact Stuart McMillian From Task Force Tips in Valparaiso. He is a pilot and has a company plane. He has done Med flights before and might be able to help out.

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Erika Cooper
27 months ago

So sorry to hear about this Jennifer. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Will make a deposit tomorrow morning at work.

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Jennifer Salerno
27 months ago

Doing what I can for you...FIGHT!!!!

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Koz Piercer
27 months ago

I'll be at the bank in the morning

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$21,215 of $10k goal

Raised by 278 people in 27 months
Created June 17, 2014
$50
Anonymous
25 months ago
SD
$25
Sharon Derence
26 months ago
NC
$350
NW Indiana FOP State Caucus
26 months ago

Craig, this donation we collected from the NW District at the Indiana FOP State Board Meeting, Highland FOP #122, Get Well Brother

CG
$50
Cheryl Wilson Griffin
27 months ago

Went to grade school with Jennifer and so sorry to hear about her husband. Sending warm thoughts...

JJ
$100
John Jones
27 months ago

Speedy recovery brother. Your strength and that of your family is inspiring to us all.

TE
$250
The EBs
27 months ago

Focus on Healing

$100
Anonymous
27 months ago
JM
$100
Jan Markiewicz
27 months ago

Speedy Recover, Brother!

MP
$250
Munster Fraternal Order of Police
27 months ago
TP
$200
Todd Phelps
27 months ago

Concentrate on getting better Barnes! The rest will resolve itself.

Debbie Blumer
27 months ago

Glad to hear you are getting better. Prayers to you and your family.

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Jeannie Williams
27 months ago

Porter County Dispatch has been thinking of you and praying. So happy to hear that you have come this far in such a short amount of time and full recovery will come quick.

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Rose Kozlowski Bach
27 months ago

Hi Jen and Craig. Prayers are with you and all my love always. You are tough, both of you...

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Don Rosenski
27 months ago

God bless you, keep up the fight brother.

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Sophie Pawinski-Brown
27 months ago

Thoughts and prayers are with you daily. Hope he can get treatment in Chicago real soon so family can see him.

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Vivian Sech
27 months ago

I'm so sorry Jennifer... my thoughts are with you and your family

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Jeanene Kopcha
27 months ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to Craig and his family. Praying for a speedy recovery!! You can do this Craig!!

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Celia Loza
27 months ago

Bill, please contact me 773-677-6285.

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Jeannie Williams
27 months ago

You did it!!! Thank you for taking the time to set this up for Craig and his family. The way that people have stepped up and helped is amazing. I have watched the donations grow from $300 yesterday afternoon to hit the mark today. It is truly amazing. May Craig get all the care he needs and that his recovery is speedy.

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BobnLaura Schappert
27 months ago

You might want to contact Stuart McMillian From Task Force Tips in Valparaiso. He is a pilot and has a company plane. He has done Med flights before and might be able to help out.

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Erika Cooper
27 months ago

So sorry to hear about this Jennifer. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Will make a deposit tomorrow morning at work.

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Jennifer Salerno
27 months ago

Doing what I can for you...FIGHT!!!!

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Koz Piercer
27 months ago

I'll be at the bank in the morning

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