DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Police Officer John Adsit is leaving Porter Adventist Hospital. He had been hospitalized since Dec. 3, 2014, after being injured on duty.
“I would like to thank you all for your continued prayer and support during this difficult time,” Adsit said before leaving the hospital to head home.
“But for the grace of God I wouldn’t be standing here today. I praise him for giving me the opportunity to spend some more time with my family here,” he said.
Officer Adsit was escorting hundreds of students from East High School who walked out of class to protest police action in Ferguson, Missouri, when he was run over by a car. He is part of the Denver Police Bike Patrol, and was one of three patrol officers hurt in the protest, he the most critically.
Adsit has been consistently recovering and his family has shared the progress. Earlier in the month, he was seen standing in a video.
Denver police officers and squad cars were at the hospital to mark his sendoff.
“We’ve been waiting for this for a long time now. He finally gets to go home and be with his family,” said Denver Police Officer Pat Gropp.
Waiting among his colleagues was Adsit’s partner, Robbie Southern, who has worked side by side with Adsit for the past seven years.
“Officer Adsit is my partner and my friend,” said Southern.
The last couple of months have been hard on everyone.
“We are all just really happy that he walked out of here on his own power,” said Southern.
It’s still unclear whether Adsit will return to the police force. He said he’s just looking forward to his finishing his recovery at home, “I am so excited to be leaving and going home to sleep in my own bed tonight.”
“Thank you again for everything and God bless.”