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Buffalo Police Union Sets Up Fund For Officer Gary Sengbusch

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BUFFALO, NY (WGRZ) - Buffalo's Police Union has come up with a way for you to help one of their brothers seriously hurt in a car crash late last month.

While off duty on February 25, Officer Gary Sengbusch sustained numerous life threatening injuries when another car--driven by an alleged drunk driver-- smashed into his vehicle at the corner of Main and Ferry.

Though Sengbusch remains in serious condition, his recovery is showing signs of progress, according to his Leuitenant, Mark Michalek.

"He is on intravenous feeding still, he has a lot of tubes in him, and up until several days ago he was on a respirator. But they have taken the respirator off and he's breathing on his own," said Lt. Michalek, who also reported a new development regarding the paralysis Sengbusch had experienced on his left side.

"Yesterday (Wednesday) he was, for the first time since the accident, sitting up instead of being in bed and he did show some movement on his left side," Lt. Michalek said. 

But with Sengbusch still months away from recovery his fellow officers are now turning their attention to his financial health, which they say will soon be on life support.

"As it stands right now this officer, with just two years on the job, will probably run out of his benefits sometime around the middle of April," said Buffalo Police Union President Robert Meegan.

According to Meegan, it means that after that time Sengbusch --who will continue to be provided with health insurance--will no longer draw a pay check.

Meegan said a fund for Sengbusch was established after numerous inquiries from members of the public wishing to help.

"We encourage them to send any check, money order, or any monetary gift they'd like to on behalf of Officer Sengbusch," Meegan said.

Donations may be sent to:

Friends Of Officer Gary Sengbusch
c/o Buffalo Police Federal Credit Union
74 Franklin Street
Rm. 103
Buffalo, NY 14202

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