Officer Shane Ladner and Meg Ladner left Midland, Texas, at 4 p.m. Monday and landed later that evening at Peachtree-DeKalb Airport, Lt. Tanya Anderson with the Holly Springs Police Department said
Meg Ladner, who lost her leg in the accident, is recovering at Atlanta Medical Center, Anderson said.
Anderson said the couple is doing all right, despite the extraordinary circumstances, and members of the department have visited the Ladners in the hospital.
“It’s going to take a while for them to work through all of it,” Anderson said.
Ladner, a uniform patrol officer with Holly Springs for the last three years, received back injuries during the collision that killed four and injured 16 during a parade to honor wounded veterans.
The United States Army veteran was twice wounded in battle, earning him awards for valor in times of warfare, according to an earlier release by the Holly Springs Police Department. Chief Ken Ball has been updating the community via his Facebook page for the last several days about the Ladners. Tuesday night, Ball shared via the page that he was able to visit the couple.
“I had a couple hours to see Shane and talk to him,” Ball wrote. “He has always been a very positive man and he is very positive tonight. Thankful to have his wife, thankful to be home, thankful for all of the thoughts and comments, and for the prayers. He is once again a soldier on a mission, a mission to take care of his wife Meg.”
Ball said Officer Ladner, who has been a police officer since 2005, wants to thank the community for the outpouring of concern and love.
Ball encouraged people to drop off cards with words of encouragement at the Holly Springs Police Department.
“He is an amazing man and Meg is an amazing woman of faith in God and country,” Ball wrote in the Facebook message. “This faith will carry them to the end of their mission. Please continue to pray for strength and recovery for two of the best!”
Additionally, a fund has been set up for Shane and Meg Ladner at Cherokee Bank in Canton. Donations can be made in person or by mail to Cherokee Bank, P.O. Box 4250, Canton, GA 30114.
Checks can be written to Ladner Benefit Fund. Cherokee Bank has two locations in Canton and one in Woodstock. The bank’s Canton branch can be reached at (770) 479-3400.
Show of Support, a Texas-based nonprofit, chose Ladner as an honoree in the organization’s annual “Hunt For Heroes,” a tribute to members of the armed forces who were injured during their military service.
Show of Support awards honorees with an all-expense paid whitetail deer hunt along with a parade and banquet in their honor.
The accident happened last Friday, when the float the Ladners and others were riding to a banquet in west Texas was hit by a train at a railroad crossing.