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Lockland officer goes back to work

Brandon Gehring was released from the Drake Center in May Brandon Gehring was released from the Drake Center in May

LOCKLAND, OH (FOX19) - A Lockland police officer who was injured in the line of duty earlier this year went back to work on Monday.

Officer Brandon Gehring was attempting to lay down stop sticks on Interstate 75 during a chase in April when he was struck by a West Chester police cruiser driven by Officer Kevin Burger.

Officer Gehring suffered injuries to his shoulder, chest, ribs, lungs and spinal column. He spent several weeks at the Drake Rehabilitation Center before he was released at the end of May.

Officer Gehring went through physical therapy before he returned to full duty with the Lockland Police Department on Monday. He has been on desk duty for the past month.

An investigation found Burger was not at fault, and Gehring said that they are now good friends.

Lt. Terry Wilkerson says the department has raised nearly $50,000 to cover personal expenses, all by selling T-shirts for $15 each, and collecting donations.

Wilkerson says it's a worthwhile cause when you see the 23-year old fulfilling his dreams.

"Brandon is capable. He is rehabilitatedk," said Wilkerson. "If he wasn't 100 percent, we would not have him back out here on the road."

When it comes to the accident, Gehring says he doesn't remember much, but he knows one thing - he won't let it affect his job.

"I'd go right back out there and do it again," he said. "It happens once in a lifetime. It doesn't scare me. I'd go out and do it again right now."

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