Officer injured in crash goes home

Nicholas Gattermeyer (Source: West Chester Police Department)
Nicholas Gattermeyer (Source: West Chester Police Department)

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - A West Chester police officer who was critically injured in a crash last month went home on Friday.

"A lot of prayers have been answered, and just looking forward to going home and getting better with this, and getting back to work," said Nicholas Gattermeyer.

With a smile on his face and his family by his side, Gattermeyer is beating the odds.

"The fact that Nicholas is doing this well with the type of injuries he was presented with is absolutely phenomenal," said Dr. Lori Shutter of University Hospital.

Phenomenal because doctors say the brain and leg injury that Gattermeyer suffered during that November 24 crash were life-threatening.

"Nick had bleeding on the left side of his brain, if this had happened to nick in 1970, there is a 50 percent chance that Nick would have died from this," Shutter said.

He was transferred to Drake Center earlier this month, and officials say he was released from there ahead of schedule. Doctors say new technology has helped with his speedy recover, but Gattermeyer says the unwavering support for colleagues and the community made his road to recover that much easier.

"A lot of people, kind of came out, people that I didn't even know, I was getting cards, letters from them, it really meant a lot," Gattermeyer said.

His parents are thankful for the outpouring of support and are ready to get him home.
"Truly a miracle, and once we get home today we can start putting things together to make Christmas happen," Andrew Gattermeyer said.

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