An Oklahoma City Police officer who inspired others by his recovery from a beating that left him paralyzed died Monday from injuries suffered in a rollover crash.
Officer Chad Peery suffered head and internal injuries Sunday in a crash along Interstate 40. He was riding in a van that went off the roadway when its tire blew out.
Peery was with his caretaker and four children, reports NewsOK.
Peery was off duty on Feb. 15, 2011, when bar employees asked him to help remove several rowdy patrons. Two men beat him while a third held others back.
Perry inspired other officers with his progress in rehabilitation. He remained on the job, working in the department's computer crimes division.
"The Peery family lost a devoted son and a father," Capt. Dexter Nelson told KFOR. "Law enforcement has lost a valued partner and brother. The community lost a public servant and hero."