Police officer recovering after being struck by falling tree

PORTLAND, Ore. - A Portland police officer was seriously injured on Monday when a tree fell and hit him.

According to Sgt. Pete Simpson, the officer was participating in ATV training on Hayden Island at the time and the accident appeared to be weather-related.

The officer, identified Tuesday as Paul Meyer, is a 19-year veteran of the bureau. The accident happened around 11 a.m. Meyer was taken into surgery Monday evening in Portland.

"Officers who witnessed the accident described the falling tree as a telephone pole-sized tree that fell from 30 feet in the sky before striking Officer Meyer on his ATV," Simpson said in a press release.

On Tuesday, Simpson said Meyer is continuing to recover at a Portland hospital and is in serious condition.

Meyer is also a member of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and works in the Training Division, Simpson said.

An account has been established at Advantis Credit Union to help Officer Meyer's family during this difficult time and during his recovery. Contributions can be made in person or mailed to any Advantis Credit Union branch with the following information:

Officer Paul Meyer Fund
Account # 809390

Cards for Officer Meyer can be sent to:

Portland Police Bureau SERT
Attn: Officer Meyer & Family
449 Northeast Emerson Street
Portland, Oregon 97211