Please be at Craig Hospital tomorrow, March 8th at Noon, to help us send off Officer Kevin Holtry (Boise PD). Please drop by to wish him well as he returns to Boise to start the next chapter of his life. Craig Hospital is located at 3425 S Clarkson St, Englewood, Colorado. Please share this info!
"He's a warrior," said Dr. Mark Johansen, the hospital's medical director. "You’re not going to find a patient more motivated than Officer Holtry to get better."
Kevin Holtry has been a shining light at Craig since the day he was admitted on Jan. 5, motivating other patients going through the same catastrophic spinal injury treatment as he is. Despite the difficult rehab, he is taking it on with determination, optimism and humor.
"I will approach him and point out a patient, 'Hey, a certain patient admitted a few days ago. Would you mind swinging by and chatting him up?' And he'll do that. He's inspirational," Johansen said.
Looking up and smiling Holtry answers the question about how he is doing. "I feel like a million bucks, short of the fact that I'm paralyzed from the waist down," he laughed. "But everything from the waist up is great!"
The fateful day - Nov. 11, 2016 - changed Kevin Holtry's life forever. A fugitive wanted for a shooting and carjacking was spotted in broad daylight in Boise. "Two or three days prior to me getting shot the guy had been released from prison," Holtry explained. "I'm not gonna say his name, I'll never give him the credit of that. It'll never cross my lips."
The Boise SWAT Team responded. Among those called to the scene, Holtry and Officer Shane Williams, the handler for police K-9 Jardo. After a quick search, the team determined they had the suspect pinned behind a fence that surrounded a yard. Holtry opened the gate and went in. Out of the corner of his eye, he spotted the shooter five feet away on the ground.
"I remember getting shot in the lower back and I knew I was paralyzed, I knew it." he said. "I think he was getting ready to kill me cause he was moving up and Jardo came in and bit the guy and latched onto him."
Jardo took a bullet but hung on long enough for four officers to open fire, killing the suspect and saving Holtry's life. Jardo died due to complications from his injuries several days later. "Jardo's a hero," Holtry said, tears welling in his eyes. “I know he got his memorial as he should. He got a medal of honor as he should. I get real emotional when I think about him."