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Injury will not stop patrolman's wedding

Friday, December 21, 2007

K-9 Officer Anya and Patrolman/K-9 Handler Kenny Hill pictured in September as they participated in the K-Day Parade. Times Staff File Photo.
Recently injured Brazil City Patrolman/K-9 Handler Kenny Hill and Beth A. Flora are preparing to face the future together, although walking down the aisle for their wedding day may have to be put on hold for a while.

The couple had plans to be married this weekend.

"First thing he said to me when I saw him in the hospital was, 'Guess I'll do anything to get out of a wedding'," Flora said, with a laugh, in a telephone interview from Hill's room at Methodist Hospital. "I guess our wedding kind of got delayed a bit because of the accident."

Hill was involved in a high-speed pursuit along State Road 42 to an area near County Road 400 East, when his vehicle hit a patch of ice, went off the road and struck a tree.

Hill sustained a compound fracture of the left leg and a fractured right hip socket in the pelvis area from the impact of the collision with a tree.

Hill's partner, K-9 Officer Anya, secured in a kennel carrier inside the vehicle, was uninjured, but was emotional after the accident.

"Anya was really nervous right after the accident when she got home Thursday," Flora said. "But she seems to be doing fine today. Anya and Kenny make such a great team together."

Flora said doctors at Indianapolis Methodist Hospital used a metal rod to repair the double compound fracture to his left shin, but the hardest part will be recovering from the hip fracture.

"He's got a long road to recovery ahead. The doctors wanted to get him up on his feet as soon as possible today, but the hip fracture stopped that," Flora said. "We thought he was going to get to come home Saturday, but now doctors say we should be home by Christmas."

Flora said doctors are monitoring Hill's recovery progress, helping him to transition from intravenous to oral medication in preparation of coming home.

"So many people have been calling to check on Kenny. We've had such an awesome amount of support from the officers, the department and our family," she said. "I can't tell you how much it means to have so many people praying for us. We have a lot of good people around us right now."

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I hope this comment finds the officer at home and healing well. May God bless you both and your wedding day.

-- Posted by dbltrbl on Mon, Dec 24, 2007, at 8:09 AM

I wish this officer not only a quick, but a healthy recovery.

-- Posted by Hungry&Fat on Sun, Dec 30, 2007, at 7:59 PM

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