Paralyzed OKC officer dies after crash
Chad Peery was paralyzed in 2011 when he tried to neutralize a bar fight; he'd been struggling with rehab ever since
Duty Death: Chad Peery - [Oklahoma City, Oklahoma]
End of Service: 04/15/2013
By PoliceOne Staff
An officer paralyzed in an off-duty incident in 2011 has died from injuries sustained in a crash over the weekend.
Officer Chad Peery was riding in a van with his four children Sunday when a tire blew and the van rolled down an embankment, according to KFOR.
“I knew Mr. Peery did not appear to be in good condition at the time,” state trooper David Brown said. “It hit me and my partner hard. I knew his story and his fight to get back to what he was.”
In Feb. 2011, Peery had been asked to remove rowdy patrons at a bar, which resulted in an altercation that left him paralyzed. He spent the last two years in rehab.
“He’s done everything to get over his injuries for his family and to have this happen, I don’t know what to say about it,” Oklahoma City FOP President John George said.
Peery and three of his children were thrown from the van when it rolled, according to the article. Two are still in serious condition.
The driver, Peery’s caretaker, was the only person wearing a seat belt at the time.
“The Peery family lost a devoted son and a father,” Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said. “Law enforcement has lost a valued partner and brother. The community lost a public servant and hero.”