On June 24, 2010, Sergeant Brian Rackow, with the Midland Police Department, attempted to dismantle an explosive device at the MPD training facility. That explosive blew up in his hands...and changed his life forever. Now, as he recovers from the accident, his friends and family are supporting him in every way possible, and this weekend...a 5K benefit was held in his name.
"I haven't really had a chance to thank everybody for what they've done, and I probably will not get a chance to thank everybody for what they've done. But I greatly appreciate the support that the citizens and the police department and my family have shown," Rackow said.
As a result of the accident in June, Rackow lost his left hand.
"We're planning on getting a bionic hand. It will supposedly be fully-functioning, be able to pick up keys, handle objects, and everything like that," Rackow said.
But it wont be cheap. That's why a fundraiser was held over the weekend, which Rackow himself even participated in.
"It's part of the physical therapy of getting back to a standard where I can come back to the streets," Rackow said.
Men and women of all ages ran in the 5K at Beal Park on Saturday, helping Rackow become active again.
"I'm probably at a crawl phase right now...just restrengthening the body, and then...I don't even get but maybe half a mile before I have to stop," Rackow said.
If you missed the event this weekend, but would still like to donate...the Rackow family has accounts set up at Community National Banks throughout our area.