Chicago police officer Carlos Yanez Jr. was released from rehab after being wounded in a shootout that killed partner Ella French
CHICAGO (WLS) – A crowd of supporters greeted Chicago police officer Carlos Yanez Jr. as he was released from a rehabilitation facility Thursday morning.
In August, Yanez was repeatedly shot and his partner, Officer Ella French, was killed during a traffic stop that police said had failed.
“It’s great, thanks to all my family and friends,” said Yanez as the bagpipers and a mariachi band played. “Thanks for the support.”
Yanez thanked his colleagues for taking him to the hospital after the shooting and all the medical staff who helped him recover.
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Two months later – after losing an eye and battling partial paralysis – he can hold his loved ones with his right arm and hug them.
“It’s really overwhelming in a good way,” said his wife, Brenda Yanez. “Everything has changed. It will never be the same, but we are a strong family and plan to support each other as we were.”
He was greeted by all of his family, including his father, Carlos Yanez Sr., who thanked everyone for their support.
“This is a magical moment,” said his father Carlos Yanez Sr. “He has come a long way, but he still has a long way to go. But with all the prayers of the people and all that he will accomplish.”
“It’s emotional,” said Nicole Yanez, his sister. “It’s a miracle, to be honest. We’re just so overwhelmed by the gratitude that he made it.”
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Officer Yanez left the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab on Thursday. Yanez will continue to recover in an undisclosed location. He can’t go home until they have a more wheelchair accessible option.
Officer French, 29, was just three years in her police career when she was killed.
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