SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Springfield Police Officer Mark Priebe is off to Colorado to continue rehabilitation and treatment.
Priebe was escorted down Chestnut Expressway in front of the Springfield Police Headquarters around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday June 18, 2020.
Mark’s father-in-law Robert George, “That’s our prayer that he will walk again, and that he will be able to walk his daughter down the aisle one day”
Springfield Police Officer Mark Priebe suffered multiple rib fractures and a spinal cord injury after a man hit him with his vehicle outside police headquarters on June 9th.
Today, friends, family and co-workers stood near the same scene as Officer Priebe’s ambulance drove down Chestnut Expressway in route to the airport.
“Where mark is going now we hope that that’s a very good location, Craig Rehab Center in Inglewood, Colorado is where he’s headed,” George said.
According to George, Priebe’s father-in-law was in the crowd as the private plane took off.
George said, “The police department has been great, the staff at mercy has been wonderful.”
George’s daughter and officer Priebe’s wife Heather is currently fighting cancer. He says she will be able to spend a little time with her husband in Colorado.
She won’t be able to stay with him the full time because of COVID issues, they had to cancel a surgery she had set and she also has chemotherapy that she’s gotta have done on July 9th.
Despite facing so many challenges, George says the support has been incredible. Across the Ozarks, and beyond.
They’ve held up real good, they’ve got great support from everybody.
The people in Southwest Missouri have been unbelievable. People from all over the United States, people from Italy, Australia, we’ve had people reaching out from all over the world.
Priebe’s family is hopeful, when Priebe returns home. His time in rehabilitation is one that will only make him stronger.
Among those showing support at the send off today was another Officer hurt in the line of duty, former Springfield Police Officer Aaron Pearson.
Pearson was shot in the head while responding to a call for back up in 2015.
Dozens of officers and city employees could be seen waving on the side of the road as Officer Priebe’s ambulance passed by.
Officer Priebe is on his way to Colorado where he will undergo treatment for his injuries.