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Week of Thanks: Brandon Heynes

A Millcreek Police Officer had the determination to get back to work following an injury that could have paralyzed him for the rest of his life.
November 27, 2013 – A Millcreek Police Officer had the determination to get back to work following an injury that could have paralyzed him for the rest of his life.

Brandon Heynes, a police officer in Millcreek Township since 2006, has a physically demanding career.

Outside of work, he has an energetic lifestyle that involves power sports including boating and snowmobiling.

"It's nothing new to me, not a first time thing just a freak accident that happened that day," Brandon said.

That freak accident had the potential to sideline Brandon for the rest of his life.

The snowmobile accident happened on January 25th, 2013.

"We were only on the trails for twenty minutes, a half hour, we just came over a bridge went onto trail of snow came out from under me and I kicked sled from under me," he said.

Heynes shattered three vertebrae in the accident.

It would be months of rehabilitation and an uphill battle as Brandon would recuperate.

He credits his quick recovery to family and friend who helped by hosting a benefit to help offset the cost of medical bills.

"Without them I would have never made it through this by myself, no way,” he said. “Many nights spent in the hospital looking at a ceiling wondering whether I'm going to walk again."

Therapy day after day turned into a speedy recovery as Brandon returned to the police department in just six months.

This thanksgiving and every day since the accident, Brandon is thankful for all who surround him and pushed him forward to get back on his feet.
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