CLEBURNE — Aaron Beseda is a dedicated police officer, husband and stepfather who was critically injured on the job Friday night.
On Sunday, Beseda's colleagues and the community he serves joined forces with his family to support him.
When Joshua Rendon came home Friday, he found a disturbing scene. "I definitely thought there was a fatality in front of my home," he said. "I was extremely scared and nervous, and I was just praying for who was involved."
He witnessed the aftermath of a violent car crash on Poindexter Avenue in Cleburne involving a police cruiser.
Investigators say Officer Aaron Beseda was on his way to an emergency call when his car collided with another vehicle.
Beseda was rushed to a Fort Worth hospital with serious injuries.
"He's still in ICU, but he is stable," said Deputy Chief Amy Knoll. "He's starting to make a recovery."
Beseda joined the 56-officer department three-and-a-half years ago. Every single one of them has stepped up to help — from picking up shifts, to visiting Beseda, to helping his two stepdaughters and wife — who is pregnant with their first child.
"The focus will be to get him home from the hospital... that's the first priority — to get him home, get him back with his family, help him with rehab that he has to do, help his family with everything they need," Chief Knoll said.
Beseda's wife did not want to go camera, but said she is grateful for all the support the family has received.
One of the injured officer's stepdaughters told WFAA he is a great dad and she wants him home.
The Cleburne Police Officer's Association is already working on fundraisers to help the family with medical bills.