Max Gardener.

An Ipswich police officer is battling to regain his health and fitness after a serious car accident. This is your chance to help him out, and have some fun along the way.

Detective Senior Constable Max Gardener and his young family were involved in a bad traffic crash in NSW on 29 January, 2018.

The Yamanto-based detective spent time in the John Hunter Hospital at Newcastle and has since been transferred to the PA Hospital in Brisbane.

Queensland Police Service said Max and his family still have a long road to recovery and “need every bit of assistance available”.

His police unit supervisor, Acting Inspector Heath McQueen, said family, friends and colleagues were hoping for a full recovery.

“Max has been serving at the Yamanto Criminal Investigation Branch since June 2011,” Insp McQueen said.

“Max is a hard working detective who has been involved with a number of serious investigations.

“He is empathetic towards his victims and a well-respected friend and colleague of the Ipswich District investigative team.”

On 19 April, Ipswich District Crime Prevention is holding a dunk-a-cop event for Max at the launch of the Krispy Kreme store at Redbank Plains to raise money for his family.

The event, supported by the new doughnut store and Generation Health, will offer three throws for $5 to drop a cop into a bucket of water.

“The dunk-a-cop is just one way that the members of the police service across the district are showing their support for him and his family at this time,” Insp McQueen said.

  • Dunk-a-cop for Max Gardener runs from 9am to 4pm on Thursday 19 April.

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