‘We’re praying’: Deputy struck by automobile after commencement ceremony stays in vital situation

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A Citrus County deputy who was struck by a automobile after a commencement ceremony stays in vital situation.

The sheriff’s workplace stated Deputy Andy Lahera was directing site visitors with a number of different deputies following a commencement ceremony at Lecanto Excessive Faculty when he was hit by a automobile close to the intersection of South Lecanto Freeway and Saunders Means.

Deputies stated Lahera was sporting a extremely reflective site visitors vest, holding a flashlight with a site visitors cone, and had his emergency lights activated on his marked patrol automobile.

Deputies on the scene instantly jumped into motion and rendered first assist to Lahera. Lahera was flown by helicopter to an out-of-county trauma heart.

“Deputy Lahera is an distinctive member of our group and a highly-approachable, lovable particular person. He’s an enormous teddy bear who’s cherished by all,” stated Sheriff Mike Prendergast. “As a Faculty Useful resource Deputy, he has made a major lifelong impression on the lives of so many youngsters. Deputy Lahera is an impressive skilled, and I’m proud to have him on our group. We’re praying for his household and for a full restoration throughout this troublesome time.”

The sheriff’s workplace stated Lahera sustained a number of damaged bones, fractures, abrasions and inside accidents.

He stays unconscious however is surrounded by his spouse, youngsters and a number of other deputies.

Lahera has labored with the CSCO for 14 years. He has been a college useful resource deputy since 2018.

“We’re praying for Deputy Lahera’s restoration and are praying for him and his household. Please maintain him and his household in your ideas as he strikes ahead on a really prolonged street to restoration. CCSO appreciates your assist throughout this troublesome time,” the sheriff’s workplace stated in a information launch.

The Florida Freeway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Anybody who want to assist Lahera can donate to the household’s meal practice.

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