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Fundraiser planned for injured Wichita police officer

Injured police officer bounces back from setbacks

After a tough few months, Officer Brian Arterburn’s condition is starting to improve again. (Courtesy of Wichita Police Department/Aug. 18, 2017)
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After a tough few months, Officer Brian Arterburn’s condition is starting to improve again. (Courtesy of Wichita Police Department/Aug. 18, 2017)

The El Dorado High School classmates of Brian Arterburn are hosting a garage and bake sale to gather donations for the injured Wichita police officer.

Arterburn was run over by a stolen SUV in February. Unconscious for several days after he was hit, Arterburn underwent multiple surgeries. He started breathing on his own in late February and recently started walking on his own. He’s now living at a rehabilitation facility in Colorado.

Susie Patterson, the mother of one of Arterburn’s high school friends, said the sale will be from 8 to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at El Dorado High School, 401 McCollum Road.

Donated food or goods can be dropped off at the school Sept. 15 between 5 to 7 p.m. They can also be dropped off the day of the sale, Patterson said.

Patterson said Arterburn’s classmates wanted to do something to help him during his recovery. Any questions can be directed to her at 316-684-0809.

Brian Arterburn, the Wichita police officer who suffered traumatic brain injury while on duty, can now talk and is beginning to walk on his own, according to a family spokesman. Arterburn remains hospitalized at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo.

Nichole Manna: 316-269-6752, @NicholeManna

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