Comrades honor officer's wish to walk out of hospital

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - An Ashwaubenon Public Safety officer who was seriously injured by a woman accused of driving while drunk is now recovering at home.

Officer Brian Murphy, Ashwaubenon Public Safety

At the same time, the case against the woman charged with injuring the officer is moving forward.

On July 22, Officer Brian Murphy was struck by a vehicle driven by Kalin McGuire. Murphy had responded to a car fire on I-41. He was out of his vehicle -- wearing a reflective vest -- when McGuire hit him.

Murphy required life-saving surgery for head and leg injuries and was in the hospital for 20 days. In a stirring moment, Murphy stepped out of his wheelchair and walked out of the hospital Thursday. Video was posted to Ashwaubenon Public Safety's Facebook page.

Public Safety vehicles escorted Officer Murphy home where he will continue his recovery.

"As a department we're just thankful that he's taking the road that he's taken and the fact that he's able to stand up from that wheelchair and walk out to get his ride home was just an amazing thing," said Capt. Jody Crocker, Ashwaubenon Public Safety.

Murphy had one request at the hospital.

"His request was that he doesn't get wheeled out those doors, that he does that on his own, and we of course honored that request and we're just really really amazed and tickled that we're able to witness that," Crocker tells Action 2 News.

On Friday, McGuire, 28, appeared in a Brown County court room for a preliminary hearing on charges of Injury by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle and Cause Injury/OWI. A judge ruled there was enough evidence for McGuire to be bound over for trial.

The Brown County Sheriff's Office says McGuire and her husband were returning from a wedding reception when McGuire hit Officer Murphy on I-41.

A criminal complaint obtained by Action 2 News states McGuire told investigators that she had come from a reception at the Ramada Inn where she had "three or four vodka mixers."

The Brown County Sheriff's Office tells Action 2 News McGuire registered a .125 on a preliminary breath test. The legal limit to drive in Wisconsin is .08.

The McGuires had their one-and-a-half-year-old son in a car seat on the back passenger side of the vehicle. The child was not hurt.

McGuire is free on a $10,000 bond as she awaits trial. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for Sept. 5.

Capt. Crocker can't say when Officer Murphy will return to the force, but the department is ready to welcome him back.

Now, the focus is on healing.

"It was a wait, we have that sign on our doors that says everyone goes home and you know, to sit there and anticipate when is this gonna happen? When is it gonna happen that Brian can go home? And it was something that when we all got together yesterday and brought him home we all felt a real sense of relief," Crocker said.

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