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Placer deputy doing better after suffering traumatic brain injury

Placer County Sheriff’s deputy Austin Harper
Placer County Sheriff’s deputy Austin Harper Placer County Sheriff’s Office

A Placer County sheriff’s deputy is doing better since his surgery to lessen brain swelling after suffering traumatic brain injury during a training exercise.

Deputy Austin Harper was on duty helping with police dog training July 27 when his head struck a steel support beam in a vacant commercial building.

He was knocked unconscious, then taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery to reduce brain swelling. Harper, who was placed in a medically induced coma, was initially listed in critical condition.

According to a post on the Placer County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, he is recovering from the injury. Harper was taken Wednesday to a neurological rehabilitation center.

Harper has “continued to make monumental strides in the right direction,” according to the post.

Harper has been with the Sheriff’s Office since December. He previously was a police officer in Truckee.

Harper is a veteran of the Marine Corps. Harper’s wife, also a police officer, is expecting the couple’s first child in the fall.

The road to recovery for Harper will be long and costly. A fund has been set up at the California Association of Highway Patrol credit union or checks made out to Deputy Harper Support Fund and mailed to CAHP Credit Union, P.O. Box 276507, Sacramento, 95827.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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