Earlier this week, Boise police encouraged members of the public to turn out Thursday and show their support while Cpl. Kevin Holtry is escorted through town to the Boise Airport.
Boise’s recent record snow seems to have hampered turnout, but the police escort accompanying Holtry got under way after an hour’s delay Thursday morning.
Holtry was injured in a November shooting that wounded another officer and killed a police dog. He was paralyzed below the waist and his left leg was amputated below the knee. Alleged shooter Marco Romero, the focus of a police search following an earlier shooting in Meridian, was killed.
He described his condition and thanked the public for its support in an emotional video released Monday.
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Holtry will now fly to Craig Hospital, a specialty spinal cord rehabilitation hospital near Denver, to continue his recovery.
At around 9:45 a.m., a police escort surrounding his ambulance left Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center on Curtis Road, on its way to Jackson Jet Center at the Boise Airport. There, he’ll be loaded onto a medical transport plane.
Holtry has already heard the community’s care and support. In Monday’s video he described it as “a tsunami of love and prayers and well-wishes from people I don’t even know.”
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” he said.