Donations for the Duncan Family

Michael Duncan is a Gwinnett County police officer and pilot, former member of the SWAT team serving on both Entry and Sniper units, and also a former Marine who suffered a severe spinal cord injury in a helicopter crash on Friday, September 1, 2017.  Michael's current prognosis is paraplegia, but he is still receiving care at one of the best spinal injury hospitals in the country.  The Duncans bought their dream home several years ago, a beautiful old farmhouse, that they have lovingly restored. Unfortunately, with multiple levels, narrow doorways, and other characteristics of homes from that era, their house is not currently conducive to wheelchair access. At a minimum, their home would need major modifications to be livable for Michael.  Donations are being requested to help with the major cost of home renovations, as well as to help offset the loss of income. Michael and his wife, Laura, have 2 sons. Let's help this hero, who has dedicated his life to public service and keeping us safe!

The story of Michael's accident from his wife Laura:

On September 1, 2017, "They were on a call out. Weather was starting to get bad and they were returning to the hanger. Wind had become an issue and they landed so Michael could get out and move the cart they land on to try to have a safer landing on it. Michael got back in the helicopter for the landing. While trying to land of the cart the wind picked up the helicopter and they eventually [crashed] a short distance away. Air 1 landed on its side, Michael at the bottom. They had to work to extract him and according to people there, he was already aware that he could not feel or move his legs. He was transferred to Gwinnett Medical. Chase and I arrived just before he went to surgery. He was in a great deal of pain. He had minimal function below the waist... After hours of surgery we were informed that there is spinal cord damage at L1. Not severed, but damaged. The surgeon is hoping that maybe we can get some function back. How much we don't know... We are blessed. Michael and Allen are alive. No one on the ground was hurt. None of their coworkers saw the accident. Our families have more support than I could ever have imagined. We have already experienced miracles. Praying for a couple more... Please keep those prayers coming!"

Please see the CaringBridge journal that Laura is posting to see the entire story and to keep up with Mike's updates:




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  • Nigel Lush 
    • $50 
    • 32 mos
  • michael paris 
    • $100 
    • 33 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 33 mos
  • Suzanne Williams 
    • $100 
    • 33 mos
  • Woodstock Public Safety Foundation 
    • $500 
    • 33 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Karisa Wallace 
Lawrenceville, GA
Laura Duncan 
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