Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Good news today from the Park Forest Police regarding the ongoing recovery of Officer Timothy Jones. The department issued a statement today indicating that Officer Jones has been released from the Intensive Care Unit of Advocate Christ Medical Center and has been transported to a rehabilitation center at an “undisclosed location,” according to police.
Jones was critically wounded in the line-of-duty on Saturday, March 19, 2016 after suffering gunshot wounds while attempting to take a suspect into custody. His story has garnered support from Park Foresters, the South Suburbs, and beyond. People from around the country have donated to a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for his recovery: https://www.gofundme.com/timstrong.
Police say Officer Jones is no longer on life support. His condition has stabilized enough to allow transport “to this new facility.” At the same time, he is “minimally conscious.”
“While he has a very long road to recovery and his long-term prognosis is uncertain,” police say in the statement, “the steps he has taken in less than three weeks after suffering such a devastating injury give cause for hope, and also demonstrate the strength and will with which he is fighting.”
The statement continues, “The Park Forest Police Department would like to thank the professional medical staff of Advocate Christ Medical Center for the excellent care of Tim while he was with them, the numerous law enforcement and other public safety agencies that have given support during this time, as well as the incredible outpouring of support from the community.”
“Your continued prayers, concern, and support are greatly appreciated,” police say in the statement.
The statement includes a photograph of Officer Tim Jones “taken in the fall of 2015, just as his career in law enforcement was beginning,” police say.
“In a short time, his work in uniform demonstrated enthusiasm, integrity, charisma, concern, and compassion. He is now demonstrating fight, strength and resiliency.
“We will continue to stand by Tim and his family through this journey, and will share updates as we are able, in coordination with the privacy naturally requested by the family.
“Thank you again, to everyone who has offered concern and well-wishes, in whatever form it has taken,” the statement concludes.
Show your support with a #TimStrong t-shirt. Proceeds benefit Officer Timothy Jones’s recovery.
Village officials say over 1,000 people showed up last week at a fundraising event at Culver’s in Matteson. Pictures from the Park Forest Police follow: