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Paralyzed Hazelwood officer returns from Colorado rehabilitation facility

Paralyzed Hazelwood officer returns from Colorado rehabilitation facility

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WENTZVILLE • Paralyzed Hazelwood police Officer Craig Tudor returned to the St. Louis area Thursday after spending three months at a spinal cord rehabilitation center in Colorado.

The 37-year-old was paralyzed during a rollover crash on Aug. 25 while responding to another officer's call for assistance. 

In September, he joined paralyzed Ballwin Officer Michael Flamion at Craig Hospital in Engelwood, Colo. Flamion was shot July 8. 

Multiple fundraisers have taken place for both officers, and The Gary Sinise Foundation has agreed to build Flamion and his wife a new home, and to modify Tudor's home to fit his needs. Tudor and his wife, Christine, will live in their Wentzville home, which they had built less than two years ago, during construction to make sure they can be with their five Chihuahuas. 

Jim Shubert, who owns Shubert Design and is a Sinise Foundation board member, estimates that the Tudor project will take months to complete and cost an estimated $250,000. 

For more information or to donate to The Sinise Foundation’s Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment, or RISE, program, visit GarySiniseFoundation.org or make checks payable to “Gary Sinise Foundation” at P.O. Box 50008, Studio City, Calif. 91614, with a note or memo citing Officer Craig Tudor as the donation recipient.

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Christine Byers is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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