LOCKLAND, OH (FOX19) - The road to recovery took a giant step for the Lockland police officer hit during a police chase about six weeks ago.
Officer Brandon Gehring was released from the Drake Center on Thursday.
Gehring spent more then a month in the hospital after he was hit during a police chase on Interstate 75 on April 20. Gehring was putting down stop sticks when West Chester police officer Kevin Burger hit him with his SUV.
Gehring suffered critical injuries to his ribs, lungs, chest and spine.
There was a time doctors weren't sure if he ever would come home. Now he is walking up steps and moving things with his hands. He was even in a Memorial Day parade on Monday.
He left Drake in a Lockland Police Cruiser and went to the Lockland Police Department.
Gehring's friends and family placed blue ribbons and signs throughout Lockland to welcome the officer home. Lockland Elementary students were outside their school waving at the officer as he rode by.
His mother says he still has a long road of recovery. When he leaves the Drake Center, he will have to go through physical therapy, but he does want to return to the police force.
Gehring, his parents, doctors and OFficer Burger all attended a press conference before Gehring was released. Gehring said he did not know Burger prior to the accident, but now they are good friends. Gerhing also thanked the community for all its support.