Injured Officer Runs With His Supporters
By: Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A Midland Police Officer injured in the line of duty and in true West Texas spirit people wanted to help.

After several types of drives and raffles, on Saturday morning, Midlanders ran for Sgt. Brian Rackow.

More than 100 people showed up for Run for Rackow.

The benefit run was held at Beal Park and helped raise $2,500.

Thanks to the support of his family and the community, the officer is already on his feet and training to hit the streets again.

Midlanders ran the 5K in hopes of raising $5,000 for Sgt. Rackow and his family.

"The bucket is full, so that's good," Run for Rackow Organizer, Tina Strambler, said. "I know we probably have at least over one hundred people that are here that have signed up."

"I haven't really had a chance to thank everybody for what they've done," Sgt. Rackow said. "I'll probably not get a chance to thank everybody for what they've done, but I greatly appreciate the support that the citizens, police department and my family have shown."

Sgt. Rackow lost his hand while trying to dismantle an explosive on June 24. His wife says despite the news of his injuries, the family stayed positive.

"I knew we were going to get through it one step at a time," Deborah Rackow said. "I knew it was going to be a long road ahead, but we were going to get through it. It's scary dealing with something new. How are we going to adapt and overcome, but he's very strong willed."

Weeks of intensive therapy helped Rackow run with his supporters, but he still has a way to go.

"I'm probably at a crawl phase right now with just re-strengthening the body," Sgt. Rackow said. "We're planning on getting a bionic hand. It supposedly will be fully functioning, able to pick up keys and other objects."

It may be awhile before he's back on the streets, but family and friends are happy to see him up and about.

"It gives me goose bumps just to know that he's out here and his family's here, his coworkers are out here supporting and running." Strambler said. "But to see him physically running, if you had asked me back in June, we would have all looked at you and said 'I don't think it's going to work.'"

His wife says she's learned a lot from him and the community.