Fundraising rally helps Denver officer who was hit during East H.S. protest

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

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

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CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Nearly two months after Denver Police Officer John Adsit was hit by a car during an East High School protest, he’s still recovering in the hospital. He lives in Castle Rock, and Friday evening, community members came together to raise money for his family as he continues to fight. Several business in town donated portions of their proceeds, including Rink at the Rock, so ice skaters could have some fun for a god cause.

Officer Adsit’s friend Chris Haugen called him superman. “That’s the thing about John. He’s one of the toughest guys I know. If anyone can come back and have a full recovery, it’ll be him.”

Denver Police Commander Tony Lopez said, “In spite of all the bumps, the pain, suffering, he’s gone through. He’s very positive.”

Haugen and his wife Rachel said he’s very active in the community and coaches sports for his four kids. They weren’t surprised at all by the outpouring of support.  “They’re all over town, so it’s not surprising the town would come out and support them.”

Not just neighbors and friends, but his fellow officers and even firefighters. Commander Lopez said, “It really touches us in the Denver community that we see our brother officers in the Castle Rock Police Department and Fire Department and community come together to raise funds for John and his family and his kids.”

They’re taking on small tasks for the family while Officer Adsit remains in the hospital.  Officer Seth Morrissey with Castle Rock Police said, “When his car was stolen, we went over and took care of his garage door so his garage door no longer worked for that vehicle.”

They even help shovel snow.

Rachel Haugen said,  “Their driveway is always clear and it’s a north driveway and it’s always clear.”

With mounting hospital bills folks are hoping just to help the family out.

Fire Chief Art Morales said, “When you have large scale bills like they’re facing, it’s something that’s really going to help take the sting out of that.”

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