‘It’s just amazing;’ Clearcreek Township officer released from rehab
CLEAR CREEK TWP. –A Clearcreek Township officer shot dead in the line of duty was fired from the Ohio Rehabilitation Institute on Saturday.
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Officer Eric Ney, a 14-year veteran of the force, was seriously injured after being shot in the face on July 12 while responding to a domestic violence incident in the 5900 block of State Route 48 .
Ney walked out of the rehab center on Saturday to cheers and applause from his family, friends and fellow officers, something he didn’t expect.
“I was just planning to go out and go home today,” he said. “I didn’t expect a crowd at all.”
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Caleb Schmidt, executive pastor of Vandalia Baptist Temple, told News Center 7’s Brandon Lewis that times have been up and down with a lot of sadness, uncertainty, but a lot of hope.
“We immediately, as a church, turned to the Lord and had a prayer service,” he said. “That’s where we anchored our hope, we knew that’s where Eric anchored his hope.”
Schmidt said he found out about the shooting involving an officer in Clearcreek Township from one of his staff and they don’t know if Ney was working that night.
“We started stalking things right away,” he told Lewis. “My wife had missed a text from his wife saying they were on their way to the hospital that he had been shot. That’s how we found out.”
Schmidt said he was most worried about Officer Ney when they found out he had been shot in the head and Care Flighted to Miami Valley Hospital.
“I remember that was the scariest moment,” he said. “Seeing it on the first night, not knowing what the outcome would be. We were able to see it from start to finish, an absolute miracle.
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Schmidt was there on Saturday when Ney was released from rehab.
He told Lewis it was a beautiful scene to see police officers from multiple communities welcoming Ney out of the rehab facility.
“It was absolutely stunning to see,” he said. “On each side, a beautiful thing; the police community, the way they come together and support each other, it’s just amazing, a beautiful thing.
Clearcreek Township Police Chief John Terrill said Officer Ney has a long way to go to recover with extensive therapy and surgeries in the future.
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