Country Star Trace Adkins Volunteers to Help Rebuild Home of Wounded Police Officer on ABC's "Extre
Episode Airs Sunday, October 18 (8pm ET)
Nashville, TN (October 7, 2009)...Country star Trace Adkins will appear on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" on Sunday, October 18 (8pm ET). Adkins volunteers as a builder and travels to Lancaster, Texas, to meet Carlton Marshall, who lost most of his mobility and all of his hearing after being shot while leading a Dallas Police Department SWAT team. Carlton and his wife, Susan, a homicide detective, learn that their home will be rebuilt in seven days - solving rampant structural and accessibility issues and enabling the Marshalls to continue their long-time volunteer work with horseback riding therapy for children and adults with mental and physical challenges.
About two years ago, Carlton was shot in the neck while serving a narcotics search warrant. Severe spinal cord damage was immediate, followed by hearing loss and a stroke. Today rehabilitation has restored some of Carlton's mobility, but he is still primarily confined to a wheelchair. The Marshall family must cope with these health problems in a house where snakes have infested the walls, attic, wiring and plumbing. Furthermore, the foundation of the house is sinking, and the septic system backs up on their lawn. Despite their difficulties, Carlton and Susan's big hearts remain open to others as supporters of the nonprofit program TROT, Therapeutic Riding of Texas. The Marshalls hope to modify their horse barn and stables to host TROT sessions, which would also be helpful to Carlton.
"I've worked with 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' three times now and I personally feel that they're doing God's work," says Adkins. "It's such a noble thing that those folks do and anytime I get a chance to be a part of it and help out in some way, I'm always eager to do it. This experience was very emotional because all of his fellow police officers were there and the emotion on those tough guys' faces - it was heavy. It was a beautiful moment."
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