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Posted: 8:27 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

Wittenberg officer injured in fall over cliff

By Breaking News Staff


A Wittenberg University police officer was taken to the hospital early Sunday after he was injured during a foot pursuit.

Springfield police said they were called around 4:30 a.m. to 250 Cliff Park Road to assist campus police who were pursuing two burglary suspects. At least one of the suspects during the foot pursuit had crossed Buck Creek, and then got in the water and then was climbing the 60-foot cliffs, according to Springfield police.

A Springfield medic unit was called at 4:35 a.m. after a Wittenberg officer "fell over a cliff," the report stated, Springfield Fire Capt. Dan Faust said.

The officer, whose name was not released, suffered a broken or dislocated leg, according to the medic call, police said.

Faust said crews used an orange Stokes basket stretcher and were able to get him out of a wooded area. He said the report indicates they were en route to the hospital within 20 minutes of responding to the scene.

A call to the campus police chief was referred to the university's communications director. A message seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Wittenberg University is a private four-year liberal arts college in Springfield with about 2,000 full-time students.

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