Injured West Chester Officer Released to Drake Center

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - Officer Nicholas Gattermeyer is on the road to recovery.

"Where we sat a week ago, and where we stand today, I can tell you its been emotional," said West Chester Police Chief Erik Niehaus.

Just one week after his patrol car struck a tree while he was responding to a burglary in West Chester, Gattermeyer was released from University Hospital Tuesday, and sent to the Drake Center to undergo rehabilitation.

"I really can't say enough about how excited I am personally, and I know how excited his family is to see him move on to this next stage," Niehaus said.

Niehaus doesn't know how long Gattermeyer will stay at Drake, but after speaking to him personally, he relayed a message on behalf of the injured officer.

"He asked me to pass on that the support of his fellow officers has been just tremendous and he feels that its been instrumental in his recovery," Niehaus said.

As for the accident investigation, police are making progress, but still can't say what caused the crash.

"The actual reconstruction, the part that I'm anxious to see, is probably days if not weeks away from being complete," Niehaus said.

Niehaus hopes Gattermeyer will eventually be able to come back to work, but only time will tell if that will happen.

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