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Injured Wichita police officer Brian Arterburn to take medical retirement

Officer Brian Arterburn, left, and his wife, Claudale, get ready to greet officers who came out to welcome him home after he returned to Wichita on Nov. 29, 2017, following months of treatment for injuries he received when he was run over last year.
Officer Brian Arterburn, left, and his wife, Claudale, get ready to greet officers who came out to welcome him home after he returned to Wichita on Nov. 29, 2017, following months of treatment for injuries he received when he was run over last year. File photo

Officer Brian Arterburn will be taking medical retirement about 14 months after he was run over by a stolen and fleeing SUV, according to a Facebook post by "Wearing Blue for Brian Friday's."

The city of Wichita approved the officer's medical retirement on Wednesday, according to the post.

"Although he is sad to officially leave the job he loved because of the terrible actions of a criminal, he knows his sacrifice is appreciated by all of us," the post says.

Arterburn will continue to be involved with the Wichita Police Department and the community "in other ways that will most likely be bigger and better."

Before then, Arterburn has another surgery on his leg planned.

The injured officer returned to Wichita in November; about 100 officers welcomed him home from a Texas rehabilitation hospital. He had underwent multiple surgeries and extensive rehabilitation after the crash left him unable to breathe or walk on his own.

His family is now suing the car dealership that owned the SUV that ran him over during a police chase last year. According to the lawsuit, Eddy's Chevorlet Cadillac was negligent when it failed to tell police the SUV was missing until the day Arterburn was hit.

Wichita police Officer Brian Arterburn arrived home to Wichita after having spent months in rehab hospitals in Texas and Colorado. Arterburn was seriously injured in February when a man fleeing police in an SUV ran him over. (Travis Heying/The Wic

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