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A Chicago police officer, paralyzed following a shooting outside a bar last weekend, has been released from hospital.

Officer Daniel Golden, 31, was greeted outside Advocate Christ Medical Center on Friday afternoon by dozens of friends, family and fellow officers. The pickers formed a driveway through which Golden was led as they waved and cheered him on.

“To see these people here that he went to high school with, to high school, served in the police department, it was so uplifting for him. It’s unbelievable,” said Patrick Golden, the injured officer’s father. and retired Chicago police detective.

Chicago officer Danny Golden poses with nurses
(Patrick Golden)

After Daniel Golden was released from the hospital, he was placed in a Chicago Fire Department ambulance. Golden, who is paralyzed from the waist down, was then transported to the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, where he is expected to start working with physical therapists.

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Patrick Golden is confident his son will “get through” the difficult recovery process, he said.

“If he can spend four years in the frozen tundra in Alaska in the military, he can get through it, he can do it. He’s got a great mindset, he’s tough,” said senior Golden at WBBM-TV. “He’s strong in the military. He can do it.”

Patrick Golden also called for an end to gun violence in Chicago.

“We need to stop this senseless, senseless gun violence. There are too many people here getting shot. There are too many people here getting killed in the United States of America,” he said , reported WBBM-TV.

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Casey Szaflarski, Daniel Golden’s fiancé, also called on the community to “come together” and “work together” to stop the violence.

“We just want us to come together at this point, because this city is getting to a point where it’s not safe anymore, and we have to work together. Fighting, attacking, confronting each other is not the solution. To do that, we have to communicate with each other,” she said Thursday on “The Story.”

Chicago cop paralyzed by bar shooting released from hospital

Daniel Golden, a Chicago police officer, was released from hospital after a shooting outside a bar left him paralyzed last week.
(Tom Hopkins Foundation/Facebook)

The father also praised the emergency crews and medical staff who treated his son’s severed spine.

“Christ Hospital was amazing. They saved his life. When I saw him the other morning I thought he was going to die in front of me. He was in shock. Christ Hospital brought him back. They saved him. Hats off to Christ Hospital. Can’t say enough,” he said, according to the outlet.

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A fundraiser for Agent Golden’s medical bills topped $1.2 million, including a single anonymous donation of $50,000.

Chicago cop paralyzed by bar shooting released from hospital

Chicago Police Department Officer Danny Golden
(Patrick Golden)

His fundraising biography reads: “Tragically, Dan’s life would be forever changed by the actions of the criminals. While hanging out with friends and family, he did what all good cops do. would do and tried to break up a fight by separating the men and preventing further damage to everyone involved.”

“The event was over when one of the attackers ran to his car, pulled out a gun and fired 20 rounds at the group as they drove away. His younger brother was shot in the leg and Unfortunately, another bullet struck Dan in the back and severed Dan’s spinal cord, missing his heart by millimeters, leaving him permanently paralyzed from the waist down. and heartbreaking forever changed the course of his life. Everyone who knew Dan is in mourning after such a senseless and tragic event.”

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Chicago cop paralyzed by bar shooting released from hospital

Danny Golden, a Chicago police officer, was shot dead outside a bar on June 9.
(Patrick Golden)

He adds: ‘We are asking the community to support Dan and his fiancé Casey to help them with any financial demands they will face in the years to come.

Fox News’ Graham Colton contributed to this report.


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