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11-17-06, 10:02 AM #1
Pray For Sgt. Jon Brough
Just across the Mississippi river in Belleville, IL Sgt. Jon Brough was shot in the face with a shotgun last week. He will never see or smell again. Please pray for him and his family. It's awful.
After shooting last week, Belleville officer will never see or smell again
By Doug Moore
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
While Dr. Aaron Scifres, SLUCare trauma surgeon updates the press on the condition of Belleville Police Sgt. Jon Brough, his wife Wendy Brough and sons from right to left, Jon Jr, 23, and Paul,20, feel the meaning of his words.
Belleville police Sgt. Jon Brough will not see or smell again after a shotgun blast to the face last week. It took doctors 12 hours to stop the severe bleeding that nearly took his life. Despite months, even years, of reconstructive surgery, he will never look the same.
The grim details of Brough's condition were laid out Thursday afternoon by doctors at St. Louis University Hospital, where Brough has been cared for since a police shootout with a suspected killer a week ago today in downtown Belleville.
As doctors went over Brough's injuries, the police sergeant's wife and two sons stood nearby. Wendy Brough's voice cracked, but she remained composed as she described getting the news of her husband's critical injuries.
"Imagine one day a loved one being ripped out from under you. You don't know if he's going to live or die," she said. "Multiply that by 10. That's how I feel." Advertisement
Brough, 48, was part of the department's rifle team called to a house on South First Street where Larry J. Sicka was holed up inside. Police say that the night before, Sicka fatally stabbed his in-laws, Henry and Dolores Kahle, at their Swansea home. The killings were to get back at his wife for leaving him and filing for divorce, his attorney has said.
As Brough and other officers stormed the house, Brough was shot in the face at close range from inside.
After a short stop at nearby St. Elizabeth's Hospital, he was flown to St. Louis University, where surgeons struggled to stop the massive bleeding. Metal coils were inserted into two main arteries in his face to finally stop the bleeding.
"The injuries could have very well been fatal," said Dr. Aaron Scifres, a trauma surgeon. But the prognosis for pulling through is very good, he said.
"It's extremely unlikely that he will die," Scifres said.
As Scifres and Dr. Mark Varvares described Brough's injuries, Wendy Brough, a nurse, clutched the hand of her son, Paul, 20. Jon Jr. 23, stood behind his mother. Her sons stood with her in silence.
Brough, a 22-year veteran of the Belleville Police Department, is unconscious, breathing with the help of a ventilator and has a feeding tube inserted in his stomach. It will be several weeks before he can eat on his own or before doctors can upgrade his condition from critical.
Doctors have not been able to communicate with him. His eye sockets are severely damaged. His nose and other parts of his face will have to be reconstructed, using his lower and upper jaw as a base to build on, said Varvares, a head and neck surgeon.
His jaws have been wired together, but the doctors said it appears Brough will be able to talk again. His hearing seems unaffected.
A CAT scan showed bruising and a small amount of bleeding around the brain.
"There is some degree of brain injury from the blast," Scifres said. But how much has not yet been determined, he said.
"His recovery will be measured in months and years," Scifres said. It will be several weeks before reconstructive surgery can begin, and then it will be a series of trips to the operating room, Varvares said.
Even then, he added, "He's not going to look normal."
Scifres said Brough's mindset will play a key role in his recovery.
"He'll be a large part of his recovery."
Wendy Brough said an outpouring of support has helped pull her through the past week.
"I am comforted by my family and friends — old friends, new friends and those friends I have yet to meet," she said. "Most of all I am grateful for Jon. He is a wonderful husband, father and friend."
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11-17-06, 10:11 AM #2
I hope he'll be ok...SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING:
Lead is very hazardous to your health.
Always include Kevlar in your daily diet.
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11-17-06, 10:19 AM #3
prayers on the way to the Sgt and his family.Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things!
11-17-06, 10:45 AM #4
They've been able to do a lot with facial prostetics. I just hope he can adapt.
11-17-06, 10:54 AM #5
Prayers enroute...Calm Like A Bomb...
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11-21-06, 10:42 AM #6
My thoughts and prayers to him, his family, and his beat partners.
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11-21-06, 10:46 AM #7GrasshopperVerified LEO
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Prayers sent. That sucks.And Shepards we shall be,
for thee, My Lord, for thee,
Power hath descended forth from Thy hand,
That our feet may swiftly carry out Thy Command.
So we shall flow a river forth to Thee
And teeming with souls will it ever be.
In Nomine Patris, Et Filli, Et Spiritus Sancti.
11-21-06, 11:04 AM #8
My thoughts and prayers to him, the family and the Dept.
Question what happend to the POS Scumbag that did this. The article didn't say."An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper
Some people are meant to be the police......Some people are meant to call the police!!!
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11-21-06, 11:37 AM #9
How sad. Thoughts and prayers en route to the officer, his family, friends, department, and community.
11-21-06, 11:39 AM #10CopsRCool302 Guest
11-21-06, 11:51 AM #11
+2 ^^Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
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11-21-06, 12:15 PM #12Rookie
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God Bless him and his family and friends. I hope the scum paid the hightest price possible.
11-21-06, 12:43 PM #13
snipped from http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/new...1?OpenDocument
The man who police say shot Brough, Larry J. Sicka, fatally shot himself about three hours later inside the downtown Belleville house that Brough and other officers attempted to storm to bring Sicka out.
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