The 24-year-old State Trooper remains in critical condition at Shock Trauma Monday. But those who know her best say she's making progress.
"She's a little ball of fire," says Trooper Kline's Barrack Commander, Lt. Wes Lutz. "She's one of my hardest working troopers. She leads the barrack in every stat. She's always willing to help out."
Fellow troopers say Jacqueline Kline's extraordinary strength will pull her through.
"She's just proven herself over and over again on the road," says Michael Allred, Kline's former trainer. "And that shows not just what kind of job she does, but the reaction from other troopers that work with her."
Allred spent more than 20 years with the department, and says he noticed Kline standing out from the beginning.
"She would put in extra training. You'd see her running or working out after the rest of the class had. She was one of the few that would do that," he says.
So when he got the phone call early Sunday morning that the trooper was struck on RT. 100, he was stunned.
"I had a pit in my stomach and it's tough to wake up to that kind of news," Allred says. "You never get used to it. It's sickening and the first thing you do is get on the phone and you're trying to make contact with people and find out what you can."
Officer, friends and family flocked to the Shock Trauma Center throughout the weekend and into Monday.
"Troopers are extended family," says Lt. Lutz, "She had all her classmates that she graduated with two years ago. They started coming out of the woodwork this morning. This place was flooded with troopers."
Kline's boyfriend, Mark Massoni, also a state trooper, hasn't left her side.
"I had to be here for her," Massoni says. "I had to, you know, be by her side. And that's what I've been doing and that's what I'll continue to do until the day she walks out of here."
Friends tell ABC2 that Kline has made progress on Monday. They say every step is a milestone, and they're becoming more and more optimistic everyday.
Trooper Kline was struck by an oncoming car after stopping to assist another officer at a traffic stop around 1 a.m. Sunday.
The driver of the car remained at the scene, and no charges have been filed.
Stay with ABC2 for updates on this story.
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