Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper back on the job

Oklahoma state trooper 

After nearly a year away from the job, one Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper is back with the people he calls family.  "From the moment that it happened, I had the OHP just take me in and just took care of me," said Jana Richardson.  It was back in January on I-40 in Pottawatomie County, and roads were iced over.  Trooper Jason Richardson was walking along the highway working previous crashes, when the driver of an SUV lost control and slid into the center median cable barrier.  That vehicle overturned and hit Richardson forcing him into the roadway.  He suffered a broken leg, and broken ribs, as well as internal injuries.  After nine months recovering, Richardson is back with OHP and says he's thankful for his life, and his time to reflect on his faith.  "I assure you, I'm ready," he said.  "I'm ready to meet my maker.  I don't want to leave my family, obviously but as far as the way I felt, again -- humbled -- and very appreciative."  Richardson is from Latt.  His wife Jana says, their family got tons of support from the community.  "It's good to live in a small town because you're always going to have somebody there for you," said Jana Richardson.  Richardson says that support helped his wife while he recovered. "The support has been overwhelming," Jason Richardson said. "I know we received cards and gifts and food, from numerous people."  Richard says he hopes his story reminds people to take it slow on the ice or any other hazardous condition.  "My safety is very important, I want to go home to my family," he said.

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