A Denver police officer has gotten seriously injured after getting hit by a fire truck at the Nuggets' title parade, who won the NBA Championship for the first-time ever in their history on June 12, Monday. It has been revealed that the police officer is a veteran sergeant named Justin Dodge, who is assigned to SWAT and working with the Denver Police Department (DPD), from the year 1997.
According to the DPD, the incident occurred when the fire truck was going through the parade route in the Mile High City. Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, who were in the firetruck, with the Larry O’Brien Championship trophy, got swarmed by Nuggets fans trying to catch a close glimpse of them. Just as the cop was trying to keep everyone safe from the fire truck near the end of the parade route at W. 13th Ave/Cherokee St, he inadvertently stepped in its way and got his left leg trapped underneath it, which led him to suffer a lower leg injury.
He was immediately transferred to the hospital and the investigation got underway as per DPD. They also tweeted out a statement regarding the health and well-being of their officer, which read, “The officer is in serious and stable condition with a serious lower leg injury. The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time.”
Shortly afterwards, the players were escorted off the fire truck with the trophy and put in the SWAT vehicle to complete their parade to the Civic Center Park in Denver.
Meanwhile, according to the Director of Emergency Medicine at Denver Health, the police officer could lose his leg due to the incident after his surgery. Steven Wolf was quoted as saying, “As of right now, we can't say what the outcome will be, we are doing everything possible to preserve the limb.”