Brothers and Sisters,
We have seriously wounded Boise, Idaho Police Corporal Kevin Holtry coming to Colorado on Thursday to Craig Hospital in Englewood for treatment. For those of you who do not know, Kevin was shot in a gunfight with an armed fugitive in November and he is paralyzed from the waist down due to the injuries incurred from the shootout. Kevin has also lost a large portion of one of his legs from an infection that was caused from the shooting injuries. Kevin has been in a hospital since the shooting occurred and the next chapter on his journey, taking him to Colorado, will further keep him away from his home and family.
I am asking that you please pass this message along to your local lodge memberships immediately and if there is any way you can get even one officer to Craig hospital on Thursday to greet him, that would be greatly appreciated.
Uniformed officers are encouraged to arrive at Craig Hospital (3425 S. Clarkson St) around 1145 hours – PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE CIRCLE DRIVE OUTSIDE THE LOBBY. Englewood PD Sergeant Reid McGrath will be on hand (303-472-6488) to help form a reception cordon (between the ambulance and front doors for Cpl Holtry to pass through).
I apologize for the late notice on this, but things have moved rather quickly on his arrival. If there is a change to the date and or time of his arrival due to weather, I will advise immediately.
Thank you in advance,
Stephen Schulz, President
Colorado State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police
Corporal Kevin Holtry in this video explains that he had to interview with Craig Hospital staff before being accepted to the program, and Smith described the rehabilitation process as something of a full-time job, in which patients spend many hours each day on recovery.
The Monday press conference was the first major update on Holtry’s condition since the Nov. 11 officer-involved shooting in which the suspect, Marco Romero, was killed. Also injured was Cpl. Chris Davis, who is back on duty in full capacity. Police K-9 Jardo died several days after the incident.
“(Our Boise SWAT team) had been tasked with trying to find a really dangerous man,” Holtry said in the video. “We had him locked down in a one-block area. We knew he was bad. We knew he was armed. We were looking for him and we found him.
“I happened to be the person that did on that particular day, and I was shot multiple times,” he said. According to Holtry, his spinal cord was not completely severed. He said he has “strong faith” that he can get sensation back in his legs. Due to infection and other medical issues, he said, his left leg was amputated above the knee.
He expressed gratitude for an outpouring of support, not only in the Treasure Valley but from as far away as the East Coast.
“As a result of the injury, I’ve been in this little bubble, and I’ve been isolated. And I didn’t realize what the citizens and this community have done, and their willingness to donate everything and help out,” Holtry said, adding that tens of thousands of cards have arrived at the department. He called it “a tsunami of love and prayers and well-wishes from people I don’t even know.”
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” he said, thanking his fellow officers, paramedics and employees at Saint Al’s.
Over $75,000 has been raised in a (click link to donate) GoFundMe campaign for the officer; Smith said the Fraternal Order of Police, a nonprofit that raises funds to assist injured and fallen officers, will handle that money. Smith also said he’s expecting “a large fundraiser down the road” to benefit Holtry.