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Craig Barnes former BH police officer critically injured in motorcycle accident

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Craig Barnes, a former Burns Harbor police officer and current Burns Harbor resident and currently with Lynwood, Ill., Police Department, was critically injured in a motorcycle accident over Father's Day Weekend in Iowa on Saturday, June 14, 2014, while on a trip with friends and fellow officers.

He suffered multiple fractures to his skull, face and ribs, as well damage to the lining of his lungs and is currently on a breathing machine. He has had surgery to relieve the pressure on his brain and there may be more injuries, which according to the treating doctors won’t be known until the most serious issues are first addressed.

Soon, Craig will need to be airlifted from the University of Iowa Hospital to Northwestern Hospital in Chicago to receive further neurological treatment which Northwestern can provide. However, the insurance will not cover the $10,000 airlift cost. To help with the cost and to provide support for his family going forward, friends are humbly asking for donations.

Craig is from Highland, Ind., originally and now lives in Burns Harbor. He and his wife Jennifer and have four children, Kyle, Zach, Jake and step-son, Lou. Kyle graduated from Chesterton High School last year and was accepted into the United States Air Force last fall, following in Craig’s footsteps. Zach, who has Muscular Dystrophy, will be attending Ball State University this year, Jake will be a sophomore this year at CHS and Lou, a star athlete, will be a freshman at CHS as well.

Craig is also a devoted son. Craig’s father, Larry Barnes, is a retired police officer from Highland, Ind. Craig is brother, uncle, nephew and dear friend to many people and fellow police officers in Northwest Indiana and the south suburbs of Chicago. As well as the Air Force Special Police, Air Marshall, Customs and Railroad Police, he has served on several local police departments including; Highland, Burnham, Ill., Porter, Burns Harbor, and currently Lynwood, Ill.

Craig has selflessly served his country and its citizens and has been there to help family and friends whenever they needed it. Now, he desperately needs help. Any help will be greatly and humbly appreciated.

If you would like to help Craig and his family, donations can be made three ways:

1) Checks made out to: Laurie Barnes-Zientara (Craig’s sister) and mailed to: 1368 Admiral Drive, Porter, IN 46304.

2) Go to any BMO Harris Bank or call 219-926-8534 and mention: Fundraising for Craig Barnes, Account # - 4815028117 and let them know you would like to donate.

3) Go to - to make a donation.

Please send any questions, concerns and get well wishes to Craig’s brother-in-law, Bill, at



Posted 6/20/2014