According to Holly Springs police, Officer Shane Ladner was recently chosen by a non-profit organization to be recognized for his military service after being wounded in combat in Iraq.
Police say Ladner is being treated for back injuries, but is expected to be OK. Doctors amputated his wife's left leg following the crash, Holly Springs police said. Meg Ladaner was in critical condition but has been upgraded to stable condition.
They say the Show of Support organization arranged for a Holly Springs police chaplain to be flown to Texas, and he arrived on Friday morning.
"It was a joyous occasion for him. He was very excited about it. So it is heart wrenching that something that was such a big deal for him has turned out to be such a tragedy," said Lt. Tanya Anderson of the Holly Springs Police Department.
All in the close-knit department hope Ladner and his wife will be home soon.
"It's very hard for all us. You want to reach out there to him and he's so far away. So we'll glad to have him home and be able to rally around him and do whatever he needs," said Anderson.
Holly Springs police hope the officer's wife can be brought back to Georgia soon to continue her recovery.