- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - The West Burlington police chief has been moved into a Davenport rehabilitation facility to help him cope with his paralysis.

Frank Newberry became paralyzed from the waist down on Sept. 5 after a disc in his back ruptured, damaging his spinal cord.

Newberry’s condition hasn’t improved and he’s been moved to a center where he can learn to get into and out of a wheelchair and gain other skills related to his paralysis, Lt. Rich Hand told The Hawk Eye newspaper (https://bit.ly/1msqisW ).

Newberry has been police chief since 2012.

The injury came without warning, as Newberry said he walked into a hospital emergency room due to severe back pain on Sept. 5 and became paralyzed a few minutes later.

Hand has been serving as acting police chief in Newberry’s absence.


Information from: The Hawk Eye, https://www.thehawkeye.com

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