Police Officer Still Immobilized After Tree Fell on Vehicle

Officer Bob Franco suffered a severe spinal cord injury while on duty during Sandy.

Police Officer Bob Franco remains immobilized at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson after suffering a severe spinal injury Monday, Chief John Reardon said.

Franco and John Neukum, assistant chief of Co. No. 5, were injured when a tree on Lake Drive West fell on their vehicles while Hurricane Sandy blanketed North Jersey with high winds and rain.

It took more than an hour to remove Franco from his vehicle. He suffered a severe spinal injury.

Reardon said Franco remains in the intensive care unit at St. Joseph’s.

“He is not up and not moving around at all. He is completely immobilized,” Reardon said. “He does have some feeling in his extremities.”

Reardon previously said Franco's recovery would be slow from the injury. 

Doctors operated on Franco for seven hours Monday.

Neukum was treated and released from the hospital with minor injuries.

Reardon said the Policemen’s Benevolence Association Local 136 is creating a fund to assist Franco and his family. For more information call 973-694-0600.

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Jorgey November 02, 2012 at 06:41 AM
may God bless him Our prayers r with him.
Steve Van Der Stad November 02, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Franco Family and the Wayne Police Department who have been doing a great job through this storm.
Nose Wayne November 02, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Franco and his family for a speedy recovery. Would also like to thank the Wayne Police,Fire and First Aid Squad for the hundreds of hours put in during Hurricane Sandy. Hope people remember that the Fire Department and First Aid Squad are ALL 100% VOLUNTEER !!!!! Remember them when their fund drive letters arrive in your mailbox.
Tyler November 02, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Jana-Lee Bair November 03, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Our prayers are with Bob and the Franco family


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