PORTLAND, Ore. - A Portland police officer who was badly injured when a tree fell on him during training is now paralyzed.
Officer Paul Meyer was participating in ATV training at Hayden Island earlier this week when the accident, which appears to have been weather related, happened.
Meyer, a 19-year veteran of the police force, has been in the hospital ever since. On Saturday, the Portland Police Bureau stated that he is paralyzed from the waist down and that his doctors do not believe he will ever regain the use of his legs.
Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson knows Meyer, who is a member of the bureau's Special Emergency Response Team (SERT), a training expert and a married father of two.
"Paul's a fighter," Simpson said. "And if Paul can make it through this and be part of the police community somehow, he'll do it."
The bureau said Meyer's family is grateful for all of the care and support that has been extended to them from not only the law enforcement community, but also from the citizens of Portland.
While Meyer's medical expenses will be covered, friends have set up a fund to help with other expenses, like converting the family's home and vehicles to allow wheelchair access.
If you would like to help out, an account has been established at Advantis Credit Union. Contributions can be made in person or mailed to any of the credit union's branches with the following information:
Account # 809390
You can also send cards to:Portland Police Bureau SERT
Attn: Officer Meyer & Family
449 N.E. Emerson Street
Portland, OR 97211