Injured Denver police officer John Adsit opens eyes, faces more surgery

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Denver Police Officer John Adsit. (Photo: DPD Facebook page)

Denver Police Officer John Adsit. (Photo: DPD Facebook page)

DENVER — John Adsit, the Denver police bicycle officer who was critically injured after being hit by a car while escorting Denver East High School students during a protest, opened his eyes for the first time since the accident Thursday and is facing more surgery, the family said in a statement Friday.

“The family of Officer John Adsit would like to thank you for your continued prayers for John,” the statement read. “The incredible support we have received from friends, the Denver Police Department, and the community remains encouraging and a source of strength as John is battling through a number of setbacks. We were thrilled that John was finally able to open his eyes on Thursday. He remains in critical condition and faces another intense, long and vital surgery today.

“The support of love, cards, donations and ‘Lights On for Adsit’ has been overwhelming. We trust the Lord that our hero is going to continue to fight for his life, and we hope to be able to communicate with him soon all of the tremendous support that the last week and a half has brought!”

Adsit was one of four officers hit by a Mercedes at East Colfax Avenue and High Street on Dec. 3 while assisting other officers in escorting East High School students back to school during a protest. Police say the driver suffered a medical condition.

The Denver police union said some students cheer and chanted “Hit him again” after the crash.

A GoFundMe page has been set up where people can donate money to help with medical bills, family needs and unexpected costs.