June 1, 2023; Denver, CO, USA; A detailed view of branded seat covers before the game between the Miami Heat and the Denver Nuggets in game one of the 2023 NBA Finals at the Ball Arena. Image: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
A police officer who was hit by a fire truck during the Denver Nuggets NBA title parade last month will have a below-the-knee amputation this week, the Denver Police Department said.
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Sergeant Justin Dodge walked alongside a fire truck carrying Nuggets players, including MVP Nikola Jokic and teammate Jamal Murray. He was moving to protect fans who entered the streets at the June 15 parade, police chief Ron Thomas said at a news conference last month.
Dodge was close to the front passenger side of the fire truck at the time, and its tires rolled up the back of its legs.
The Dodge procedure also includes skin grafts. He was released from hospital late Monday, and a website was set up to accept donations to help with his rehabilitation and recovery.
“On behalf of everyone in Colorado, I wish Sergeant Justin Dodge of the Denver Police a speedy recovery,” Colorado Governor Jared Polis tweeted Wednesday. “Dodge was hit by a fire truck while protecting fans during a Nuggets parade, and we keep him and his family in our hearts as he continues to recover.
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