The “brotherhood” of the Georgetown Police Department banded together to bring a fellow officer and his pregnant wife home after an accident in Wisconsin.
Officer Cole Centner, who serves as the department’s chaplain, was badly injured in a hit-and-run accident while attending a baby shower. His wife, Brittany, is expecting in July.
Centner was driving on a country road when he was struck by a vehicle, which immediately left him stranded. The officer suffered multiple leg breaks, broken ribs, a concussion and a collapsed lung. He was airlifted to a Wisconsin hospital.
Because of his injuries Cole was unable to drive and the impending birth of their child made it difficult if not impossible for Brittany to drive home. Police Chief Michael Bosse, Assist. Police Chief Robert Swanigan, Mayor Tom Prather and others at city hall and the police department worked together to develop a plan to bring the Centners home so the baby could be born in Kentucky.
“It’s like a brotherhood,” said Sgt. Josh Nash of the police department. “We look out for each other.” Nash volunteered along with Sgt. Nick Lodal to make the 16-hour round trip to Wisconsin and bring Cole and his wife home. Lodal is a trained paramedic and owns a van which was used to transport the couple. Gas was provided by the Georgetown Citizens Police Academy.
“He was really happy to get back home,” Nash said. “He has a long road to recovery, but now he can focus on what comes next.”
Which is rehabilitation and surgery — but also the birth of his child.
“I am so proud to work with these men and women,” Swanigan said on the GPD’s Facebook page. “Their selfless devotion to each other and our citizens never ceases to amaze me.”
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Centner at www.gofundme.com/support-officer-cole-centner-amp-family. At press time some $12,145 of a $20,000 goal had been raised.