According to a gofundme.com page Wiscasset Police Officer Jonathan Barnes organized, and told Wiscasset Newspaper about, titled “Officer Hunter Farrell with medical expenses,” on the night of June 15 Wiscasset Police Officer Hunter Farrell was off-duty and riding his motorcycle to go spend time with his girlfriend Kelsey. A deer jumped in front of him ... resulting in him crashing. He was thrown from the motorcycle and injured.
“Thankfully his helmet and riding gear along with much divine intervention saved his life. Kelsey was traveling in a vehicle behind him and witnessed the crash. She was able to render aid until rescue personnel arrived. Hunter was transported to Maine (Medical Center) in Portland. It was discovered he had broken a vertebrae in his neck. He (was) undergoing surgery to fuse the vertebrae to the one below it.
“Hunter recently started employment as a reserve officer with the Wiscasset Police Department and had completed (four) weeks of training. He was on track to start full time July 1. Recovery will take him at least (six to eight) weeks. Lost wages and medical bills are already accumulating and any help is greatly appreciated. Let's come together as a community and show this young officer and his family how we pull together when tragedy strikes. All funds donated will go directly to Hunter. This will allow him to focus on healing and returning to duty without the stress of mounting bills. Thank you all who donate. If you are not in a position to donate please share with everyone you know.”