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WI: Officer injured in hunting accident

October 8, 2009

Officer injured in hunting accident

A Sauk Prairie Police Detective will be posted at the Sauk Prairie School District after the department's school resource officer was injured in a hunting accident Oct. 8.

Sauk Prairie Police Chief Jerry Strunz said that Matt Alt injured his neck and back when he fell 15 feet from a tree stand while he was deer hunting.

"He's able to move all extremities," Strunz said. "He said that he's been hearing rumors that he lost some function of arms and legs, and that's not true."

Alt called his wife on his cell phone after the accident and she drove him to the hospital.

His neck injuries required surgery, Strunz said. Two discs were taken out of his neck, and metal plates were put in.

Two of the bones in his back also were fractured.

Strunz said Alt currently is in a body brace designed to immobilize the upper and lower back, but he is expected to make a full recovery...

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