The Stamford police officer injured in a 20-foot fall during a pursuit two weeks ago was released from the hospital Friday and returned to his Fairfield home.
Officer Troy Strauser left his hospital room early Friday afternoon after nine days as a patient at Norwalk Hospital, according to Stamford police union President Sgt. Joseph Kennedy. Strauser spent the first six days of his hospital stay in the critical care unit after undergoing emergency operations.
"Everybody is pretty happy for it," Kennedy said. "It's great news."
Strauser severely injured his right arm and face in the fall, which occurred during the early morning hours on May 17. Strauser fell from an Interstate 95 overpass abutment near Exit 14 in Norwalk while running after a suspect from a robbery in Stamford who crashed his car on a highway off-ramp and fled on foot.
Strauser fell onto a guardrail and the highway below the overpass; authorities rushed him to the hospital as other officers arrested the suspect.
Kennedy said he expects a long period of rehabilitation for Strauser, a six-year veteran of the city's police force. Kennedy said the release happened earlier than expected given the injuries the officer faced.
"The family wanted very little fanfare," Kennedy said. "They just wanted to get him home."
Earlier on the same day as Strauser's release from Norwalk Hospital, police officials announced a fundraiser to benefit the 39-year-old patrol officer's wife and three children. The Stamford Police Association opened its website to donations for Strauser, which can be made at www.stamfordspa.com via credit or debit cards.
"Thank you for all the compassion and respect you have shown in the last nine days for Officer Troy Strauser and his family," Assistant Stamford Police Chief James Matheny said in the statement. "We at the Stamford Police Department are extremely grateful."
In Fairfield, school and community supporters of the injured officer and his family are collecting donations at this site: https://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/657805