OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - An Oakland Police officer is still fighting for his life, after he was critically injured in a crash two weeks ago. Officer Jordan Wingate is still in an intensive care unit and now his family is praying for a miracle.
From a boy in diapers to a man in uniform, fellow officers with the Oakland Police Department share fond memories watching Jordan Wingate grow up to become a "brother in blue."
“Officer Jordan Wingate has been a member of this OPD family his entire life,” said Captain Ersie Joyner. “His dad has been one heck of a cop at OPD, great family man, has always brought his kids around so I remember seeing Jordan grow up as a young man being at OPD functions and barbecues.
Captain Joyner has worked with Jordan’s father Lt. Randy Wingate for years. Joyner says he’s a well-respected military veteran and skilled officer assigned to OPD’s Cease Fire team. Big shoes to fill, but Jordan has been eager to follow in his footsteps. He became a cadet in 2013, then graduated at the top of his academy class in 2017 to become a sworn in officer.
“I always knew in his eye that he was going to be a police officer so to see his dream come true is awesome. While he’s been here since 2016 he’s been an extraordinary cop and has been really invested in doing the right thing for his community,” said Capt. Joyner.
On August 13 just after 2:30 a.m. Officer Wingate was responding to a call about a suspicious person near the Port of Oakland when he and another vehicle collided, sending his police SUV into a parked big rig. He became trapped inside, had to be extricated out and transported to Highland Hospital where he remains in a medically induced coma.
Joyner say he’s undergone multiple surgeries and is in critical condition.
“There are going to be things that are needed to get him back on his feet and establish a normal way of life again,” said Capt. Joyner.
To help pay for the costs, Jordan’s father has launched a gofundme account with a goal of $50,000. More than $15,000 has already been donated.
OPD says the community has been so supportive with many people sending prayers and well wishes for the family, which means the most during this difficult time.