KSP troopers give out 'Trooper Teddy' teddy bears to kids at Norton Children's Hospital

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A few Kentucky State Police troopers spent the morning off the streets and making life special for some kids going through a hard time.

Several troopers, dispatchers, civilian staff and citizens police academy alumni gave out "Trooper Teddy" teddy bears to sick kids at Norton Children's Hospital.

The program was started in 1989. Thursday's event was in honor of wounded Trooper Michael Gonterman.

"It's something that he has always been very passionate about," said Trooper Steven Dykes, of the Kentucky State Police. "And obviously, he himself is in the healing process, and he, like these kids here, is a fighter, and we're thankful for that."

Police say Gonterman and John Crawford, 56, were trying to corral some dogs in the middle of I-71 in Henry County last month. As they were walking back to their vehicles on the shoulder of the roadway, a semi rear ended a box truck, which caused it to overturn.

Crawford was trapped under the box truck and died.

Gonterman was hit by the truck and fell off a 30-foot bridge. He suffered extensive injuries, including several fractures to his extremities and an injury to his shoulder and vertebrae. 

Troopers say everything seems to be good so far in Trooper Gonterman's recovery, but he still has a long way to go.

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