“On behalf of my parents, myself and our family, we want to thank everyone for their prayers and support for my brother. Right now, we are all helpless to heal him. I wanted to feel like I was doing something and that’s where the idea for the shirts came from. It is my hope that when he wakes up, he will know the support and care everybody had for him by seeing everyone wearing the shirts,” Megan said.
Luke works third shift as a corrections officer at the Decatur County Jail. His coworkers are missing him while he heals and are eager to see him healthy and back to work, according to Decatur County Jail Commander Pat Richards.
“Luke is greatly missed here at the jail. We hope he has a speedy recovery. We’re like a big family here and everybody is feeling the effects of his absence. Everyone has really stepped up to help out and really come together in support for Luke and each other while still getting the job done,” Richards said.
Reports of what a great person Luke is and how much he means to his friends and family abound on social media – and the prayers keep coming. It is uplifting to see how many people are extending their thoughts and concern for Luke and his family. Members of Luke’s family have repeatedly turned to Facebook to express their gratitude for all the positive messages they have received since the accident. Messages can be found from everyone from high school friends to employers, all hoping for recovery.
“I hired Luke a little less than a year ago as one of our jail correction officers and since then have gotten to know him. He’s an outstanding young man with a bright future in law enforcement," said Decatur County Sheriff Greg Allen. "He’s a great young man, and I wish him all the best and for him to get back to work soon."
According to Kelby’s mother, Joyce Domingo, “Luke Strong” wristbands are in the works and there may be a future fundraising event supporters can attend. Watch the Daily News for updates on Luke Schmidt's condition and notice of further “Luke Strong” events.
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