WACO - Signs of support for Waco Police and one of its officers who was badly injured while serving a warrant on a drug suspect were showing up in multiple ways Thursday.
Waco Police posted a picture of a banner donated by W. Promotions they hung in the department headquarters lobby. It reads, "Thank you for your service to our city! signed....the citizens of Waco, Texas."
The post encouraged people to come to the lobby to sign it with words of encouragement for Officer William Graeber.
Police said Graeber was run over by Kerry Bradley, 37, Tuesday at 23rd St. and Olive Ave. in North Waco.
Bradley was wanted for dealing heroin and when Graeber approached his vehicle police said Bradley ran over Graeber, trapping him under the GMC Denali.
Bradley was shot multiple times by police and died at the hospital.
Graeber had several injuries, including broken ribs, pelvis and a collapsed lung. He was breathing on his own Thursday and according to Waco Police continuing to improve.
Waco Police also posted a picture to its Facebook page of a rock painted like the American flag with a stripe of blue through it.
Officer Graeber's wife released the following statement:
Will and Mrs. Graeber are completely astounded with the amount of support and love they have been receiving from everyone. They both are very humble people and have difficulty taking in all the support they are receiving. The banner we have in our lobby for our community to sign and the donation account set up was emotional for them to grasp.
Today has been a painful day for Will as he is asked to do things with a broken body that one would not voluntarily submit to. However, Will is healthy, strong, young, and fortunately for him physically fit. Now don’t let this fool you as it’s my understanding he is fully capable of fussing at his nurses as he sees fit. Will, you need to remember they are armed with catheters and needles…Better to do as they say!
Will still has his chest tube in and is currently listed in Critical but Stable condition. Mrs. Graeber has asked me to relay that there are no anticipated additional surgeries and he is continuing to progress well. Doctors told them if he continues in this direction rehab may start as early as next week.
For Will, it has been difficult for him to grasp the support that we have from our public as he has been on midnights his entire career with us. Remember what your mom and dad told you, that nothing good happens after ten o’clock? Will has experienced that for his whole cop life! Will is now having the opportunity to see what a wonderful support system we have with our community and citizens. We know it has been there, but thank you for showing it to Will!
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