Oregon State Trooper Wounded 12/25
Nic's brave actions that night are no suprise to anyone that knows and loves him. He's not the type to run from a fight and unfortunately during this fight he was hurt fairly bad. He loves being an OSP officer and is extremely good at what he does. He pours his heart and soul into protecting each and everyone of us, and now we are asking for you to send a little bit of that love his way.
On that Christmas night my brother was shot twelve times at a distance no greater than twelve feet, a gun fight in a phone booth. Almost every one of his rounds, three magazine’s worth, had been fired when it was all said and done. When the shooting stopped and all went quiet Nic knew he was in serious trouble. As he lay there for a little more than two minutes by himself bleeding, he locked in mentally and found a way to survive. When the first police officers arrived he demanded they take him to the hospital in his own car as it would be faster than every other ambulance on the planet. What he didn’t know is how bad of shape he was really in, and that had they done that it would have probably killed him. What he did have with him were experienced officers who knew how to pack bullet wounds correctly and this ultimately saved Nic’s life. This wasn’t a typical shooting in that, to my knowledge, no police officer has ever taken twelve rounds at that range and lived. Of those twelve rounds that hit him, five were stopped by his bullet proof vest and the other seven struck his flesh. Those bullets hit him in both arms, the torso coming to rest in his lung and abdomen, and two hitting his spinal canal almost paralyzing him. Of the seven that hit him, four were still inside him when he arrived at the hospital. When he leaves the hospital tomorrow for the next stop in his journey he will still have one lodged in his lower spine for the rest of his life. When I said that he was “one tough hombre” I meant it, and the only reason he is still here today is someone was watching over him that night, I firmly believe it. Any one of those twelve bullets should have killed him and they didn’t.
To all of you out there holding fundraisers, sending him cards, letters, emails, balloons, hosting hellish Crossfit workouts (he hates burpees by the way), and commenting on these posts wishing him encouragement, Nic would like to say THANK YOU. He and Hayley are in absolute disbelief and truly humbled at the amount of support they are receiving on a national scale.
As of late I’ve been hesitant to respond to those people who question the need for the GoFundMe account. Yes, all of Nic’s medical bills will be covered. Yes, Nic will be paid through workman’s comp but it will only be a fraction of what he was making prior to this accident. No, this is not a reward or bonus for doing his job that night. What this GoFundMe account is really for is to give Nic as well as his wife Hayley what they need the most and that is TIME. Time to heal, time to rest, time to decompress, time for Nic and Hayley to be together and breathe easy knowing that thousands of people have their back and that WE will stand watch for them now. This is why this GoFundMe account was set up and we are truly grateful for the support of those who have donated and those who will donate in the future.
I’ve also read a few comments about how Nic signed up to be an Oregon State Trooper and that he knew full well the dangers of what he was getting into. Yes Nic, as well as every other law enforcement officer (LEO) and military veteran is fully aware of the dangers that come when they put on their uniform and protect and serve our country. If you’ve ever seen the movie American Sniper there is a scene where Chris Kyle’s father is telling his boys that there are three types of people in this world. There are the sheep, who if evil ever knocked on their front door they wouldn’t know how to protect themselves. And then there are the wolves who use violence to prey on the weak. And then there are the those who have been blessed with the over powering need and ability to protect others. These men and women are a rare breed who live to confront the wolf, they are the sheep dog. I tell you this because Nic and the other LEO’s who responded to this call are undoubtedly the sheep dogs. In this particular case Nic went one on one in a gun fight at close range that lasted several minutes before additional help arrived. He could have let the wolf evade him and keep going and who knows what could’ve happened if Nic hadn’t engaged him. He could have very easily driven down the wrong way on a one way highway at high speed and killed a family coming back from Christmas dinner in a head on collision. He could have very easily continued killing other people he deemed necessary. I do know that Nic’s only focus while on that call was to stop the wolf from hurting someone else and to do that it nearly cost him his life.
So please in this difficult time we would appreciate it if the handful of negative comments and criticisms stopped going forward. I understand that you may not agree with the situation but it does Nic and our family no good to read them and just makes the healing process that much harder. To those of you who have donated, written him via email, offered your time and resources, drawn him pictures, and stopped by to see him he is truly humbled. So on behalf of Nic and our entire family to all of you again we wouldn’t be able to do this without you, THANK YOU.
His his physical condition is improving at a rate most wouldn't believe. I have yet to hear him scream or moan when he's been worked on. He locks in on someone in the room with his eyes and grits his teeth and stays silent until they are finished. I'm hear to tell you he is the toughest person I know and those who've seen him would agree.
A day ago he decided to sit-up for the first time. To most of us this is not a big deal but to Nic it was everything. It validated and reassured him mentally that he was going to be okay. It hurt like hell but was another huge step, just as it was to be moved out of the ICU. He sat in the bed with Hayley and locked in once again while she held him.
I didn't post this picture last night because it didn't feel like the right thing to do at the time. But the more we've talked about it as a family we've realized it's important to show the struggle and how real it is. It's also meant to show that he's not laying around enthusiastically high fiving his friends and family. It's really purpose is to show everyone how hard he's fighting to move and recover. It's an extremely powerful moment between Nic and Hayley in that it reassured both of them everything WILL be okay.
Hey Ryan Crutcher...how about reading this: An online charity drive seeking $100,000 has been launched to raise money for the trooper and his family. Though bills related to Cederberg's injuries will be part of a workers' compensation claim, people can donate to the family to help cover the cost of lost wages, hotel rooms and other expenses! Copied from an online post! The man served his Country as an Army Veteran and a Police Officer...it's about time his Country gave something back to him. Take your negative comments somewhere else...God Bless the Cederburg Family & Thank You Nic for your Service!
Ryan Crutcher - I am an officers wife out of SC and I want to educate you on a few facts about an injured officer. The medical bills are only a part of the big picture in this situation. What you are missing is that in most cases - the injured officer does not receive full pay while out. Additionally - most officers work side jobs to make up for their low wages so this injured officer is not able to do this. Also - officers spouses will miss work and pay in order to be by the side of their injured LEO so there is even less money. Since most households in America live paycheck to paycheck - most budgets are set up knowing the exact amounts of money coming in. So now we have an injured hero making a portion of his salary trying to heal all the while knowing that the bills are piling up and he has no way to make the additional income. I realize that you felt the need to have your voice heard and do not agree with this campaign- so just realize that while you are out making 100% of your salary today in good health and have the ability to work extra should you need to - that there is a hero lying in a hospital bed not able to do any of those things because he was out protecting neighborhoods just so you can go about your day safely.
A person just shared this message with me, thought I would pass it along "I was reading some comments on the go fund me page - you might want to educate 'Ryan Crutcher.' He makes a statement referring to all medical costs and loss of time should be covered. As a 30yr. veteran of DOC, I have had to scrape by to pay medical bills long after the incident, and the insurance of being paid while recuperating is only a percentage. The young man who commented should become a state employee to learn the facts!"
Ryan Catcher, I am a paramedic with an on the job injury. Guess what if work comp denies treatment, which they do all the time, you get the bill. You also only get a percentage of your pay and it doesn't compensate for lost overtime. I'm getting about 55% of what I was making and work comp has been denying surgery for 2 years even after 5 surgeons, including their own have told them it's 100% necessary. Nic didn't ask to be shot, he will need the money. He is a hero and a veteran and needs to be treated with much more respect. If you don't want to donate, then don't. But keep your opinion to yourself.
Hey Nic....I am a patrol Sergeant from the La Grande Police Department. Your McMinnville supervisor was my training officer (many years ago), so we share that together. Because of that - I'm following your story a little more closely and am sending good thoughts your way! Please ignore the few negative comments here on this page. They have no understanding of how WC works, or the help your family will need that will not be covered by your department. It's easy to troll, when you have the courage of a keyboard and monitor to hide behind. You are a true hero. You probably don't feel that way and are incredibly humbled by all of this - but hold your head up high. The only expectations you have to hold up to are your own. Stay strong and know that your blue family has your six! You are an inspiration for the rest of us still wearing a badge!
Ryan Crutcher, you obviously do not understand L&I and how it works...So I will try to explain in simple terms, so you might understand....L&I does not cover any hotel costs or food costs that occur when you have a loved one in the hospital, they do not pay for loss of wages for the spouse and it takes forever to pay even if the Department is Self Insured. When my husband was hurt on his Police Bike (broke his back in 3 places) we had bill collectors calling because L&I was sending checks to the wrong places and talk about stressful.......It isn't that simple, before you write a ridiculous comment like the one you posted, especially on this site for love one to see and for the thin blue line family to read, you need to educate yourself. Pffft ignorant people be gone, we don't have time for your stupidness.....Stay strong my blue family, you are loved and supported like no other...
Nic, You know we love you like a son and pray for you LOTS! You are a hero in our book and we know God is watching over you and your family. He has plans and a purpose for you. You and Hayley are amazing people and serve selflessly daily. Jesus loves you even more!! Hug!
I would like to address the lady who had some question about the need for a GoFundMe account in this situation. I can speak only for myself, but this donation I made was as much for me as it was for Trooper Cederberg. I do battle on a daily basis, on line, with those who have adopted an inaccurate perception of law enforcement and all it entails. They have been spoon fed untruths by those with a voracious agenda, and it has put our law enforcement officers, all over the country, at risk. I cannot do more than talk, discuss, try to iron out the inaccuracies and spend time on my computer doing this. Making this donation to an outstanding officer who put his very life on the line for the safety of the rest of us, was a tangible thing I could do. It was as much a statement that there are people who have HIS back in whatever way we can, and it was as great a statement of appreciation as I am able to give. I doubt the family would be enamored by my showing up at the hospital room offering to make coffee runs. So this is what I can do. It made ME feel good, and it was a positive communication of support, however small, to the Cederberg family.
Although it is terrible what officer Cederberg is going through, I don't see the purpose of a "Go fund me account" with a goal of 100K. Being an employee of the State Police and especially being hurt while on duty he should never see a medical bill! His pay should also not be affected regarding the incident! What am I missing here, is the 100K going to be a "Bonus" or "Reward" for being hurt while performing his sworn duty? if anybody has a sensible answer please share!!
My heart goes out to Nic and his family. My ex is former officer Steven Dodds who was shot 6 years ago in Lincoln City. To Ryan, shame on you. You have no idea what lies before Nic and his family, what toll this incident will take over the long term. The money allows them to not have to worry about the extra expenses that will certainly arise. It may cushion them during a period of uncertain future. If you don't want to donate, please find another charitable venue, but don't belittle the efforts of hundreds who are wanting to support someone who nearly lost their life protecting and serving the public. This is what communities do. We lift each other up. God Bless the Cederburg family.
I think he deserves every penny that's donated, Crutcher. The money donated and how it's handled isn't really our business! People are giving money to show support and give thanks for service. I hope this gofundme brings some joy and relief to the officer and his family while he is suffering in the hospital
The fund raising helps cover what is not covered by workmans comp. Alot of times it covers co pays capped at a certain amount and 1/2 salaries. Officers are highly underpaid. They do what they do out of love for people and upholding the law, not for the pay! If Trooper Cederberg needs in home care for a while, physical therapy or a friggin steak so be it. This man was doing his job yes... but in my opinion he is a hero. He put his life on the line, put himself in danger so the rest of us can be safe. He and the other officers that night were brave. So those not happy about the fundraiser shame on you. Be well Nic Cederberg and family. We are behind you 1000 percent!
Oh, your updates just leave me in tears. So wonderful to read ! It maybe just "doing my job" when one is in uniformed services such as police, firefighters and EMT/ Paramedics ....BUT without all you the rest of us would be up a stream without a paddle ! So, please, take good care of yourself , listen to your nurses because we know best :-)) ,take your meds !! , get plenty of rest so you can heal well AND be KIND towards yourself as you heal and recover. It will be a long haul I'm sure but it seems you have the ability to do anything you set your mind to . You have my admiration and that of my son who is also in law enforcement back east, as well as that of thousands more . Sending wishes for good healing and to a good NEW YEAR for you and all your family. ♥