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May 26, 2019

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Craig Hospital Welcome for Injured Wichita Officer
Updated On: Mar 12, 2017

We are inviting all Colorado brothers and sisters in blue, and friends of law enforcement who can attend, to be at Craig to welcome and show support for Officer Brian Arterburn and his wife.

Wichita Police Officer Brian Arterburn, who was severely injured on duty after being struck by a stolen vehicle, and his wife CeCe (also a Wichita Police Officer) will be coming to Colorado on this Monday afternoon (03/13/17) for Brian’s treatment at Craig Rehabilitation Hospital located at 3425 S Clarkson St, Englewood, Colorado. The flight will probably arrive around 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM and we understand the company doing the air transport is AME.  Any updates on exact time etc will be posted here.

On February 7, 2016 Wichita Police Officer Brian Arterburn was hit by a stolen vehicle. Officer Arterburn was trying to deploy a tire-deflation device when the stolen SUV swerved toward him and ran him over. He has been in a Wichita hospital since, receiving treatment for injuries to his brain, chest and abdomen. Unconscious for several days after he was hit, Brian underwent multiple surgeries. He started breathing on his own in late February. Brian continues to recover. The man accused of hitting Officer Arterburn has been charged with aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer.

Brian’s teammates said he’s a fighter, a witty person who doesn’t back down from a challenge. “He’s just always having fun with everybody, always joking,” said Stephen Andrews.

“He’s very rambunctious,” said Clint Meyer.

“He would lighten the room,” said Eric Grep.

Brian’s friends describe him as someone who is full of life. They said he is more than a police officer, he’s a friend, a father, a husband and a teammate. “I think myself and many of the other guys were very lucky to have known him and to have him not only part of our life, but part of our team and our family,” Meyer said.

When Brian wasn’t at work, his friends said he was often on the paintball field with his team Bad JuJu. “His call sign is badger because he is always in the thick of things. He’s not afraid to get in there,” Andrews said. Please take the time to share this event, and if at all possible show up to welcome Officer Brian Arterburn.

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