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Oklahoma City police officer dies from crash injuries

Police officer Chad Peery has died from injuries he suffered Sunday in a crash in Seminole County. The Peery children are reported to be in serious to good condition at OU Medical Center.
BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren@opubco.com Modified: April 15, 2013 at 9:54 pm •  Published: April 15, 2013

/articleid/3786386/1/pictures/1496907">Photo - Oklahoma City police officer Chad Peery and sons McKade, 6, left, and Morgan, 4, are greeted by members of the Oklahoma City RedHawks as Peery rolls down the third-base line in his wheelchair while rounding the bases after the third inning as part of the "Home Run for Life" promotion during the minor league baseball game between the Oklahoma City RedHawks and the Iowa Cubs at RedHawks Field at Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. Peery was left paralyzed after being beaten while trying to break up a fight at bar earlier this year. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
Oklahoma City police officer Chad Peery and sons McKade, 6, left, and Morgan, 4, are greeted by members of the Oklahoma City RedHawks as Peery rolls down the third-base line in his wheelchair while rounding the bases after the third inning as part of the "Home Run for Life" promotion during the minor league baseball game between the Oklahoma City RedHawks and the Iowa Cubs at RedHawks Field at Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. Peery was left paralyzed after being beaten while trying to break up a fight at bar earlier this year. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

Only the driver was wearing a seat belt, and the air bags didn't deploy, troopers said.

All six were taken to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

According to a hospital spokeswoman, Palmer was released Monday. Mason Peery is in serious condition, Morgan Peery is in fair condition, and McKade and McKinsey Peery are in good condition, she said.

Paralyzed amid fight

Officer Peery was paralyzed Feb. 15, 2011, when he intervened to break up a bar fight while off duty at Dan O'Brien's Public House.

The three men involved in the attack all pleaded guilty and have been sentenced.

Officer Peery continued to work with the police department after his attack, investigating cybercrimes. He underwent rehabilitation therapy and was learning how to drive again, Nelson said.

“We have had officers here on-and-off since 5 p.m., late yesterday evening, and we will continue to stay here until the family is ready to leave,” Nelson said Monday afternoon at OU Medical Center. “Everyone wants to be here to be with Chad, to be with the family to support him, because he has done so much for us, being an inspiration to us, and coming back after his tragedy.”

Contributing:

Bryan Dean, Staff Writer

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