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AFTER surviving a near life-ending quad bike
accident, Otorohanga Police Sergeant Andy Con-
nors is back on the beat.
Exactly six months after a farm bike rolled on
top of him on ANZAC Day, nearly severing his
right leg, causing major pelvic injuries, breaking
several ribs and dislocating his left elbow, Mr
Connors returned to light duties at the Te Kuiti
Police Station on October 25.
Still struggling with nerve damage to his right
leg, which prevents him from driving, he’s been
charged with responding to Official Information
Act requests for 20 hours a week and says he
loves being back.
“It felt really good coming back to work
because I missed the interaction with people,”
“It’s good to be getting better and good to be
able to do a few things again.
“I’m getting more and more mobile every day
to the point where I can probably tidy up my
shed,” he laughs.
The accident occurred while Mr Connors was
attempting to rescue a calf from a 2m deep drain
on his Trooper’s Rd farm at Piopio.
While manoeuvring the quad bike, without
getting onto it, he lost control and it crashed on
top of him crushing him against a rock at the
bottom of the drain in shallow running water.
His wife Val, who was with him at the time,
immediately called for help and Mr Connors was
airlifted to Waikato Hospital where he underwent
He was released from hospital on June 11
beginning a long to road to recovery.
However, he says a major factor which aided
his recovery, was the many well wishes he re-
ceived from his friends, family and work col-
leagues while in hospital.
“I got a lot of get well cards which is really
inspiring when you’re laid up in hospital,” he says.
“I must have received 20 or 30 from the Otoro-
hanga Holiday Group and the amount of time
those kids put into their cards was incredible.
“It made me feel fantastic.
“And the little things like getting the Waitomo
News delivered to my ward was really cool be-
cause it helped me stay connected and up-to-date
with what was happening at home.
“So thank you to everyone who took the time
to visit or write a letter – it was much appreciated.”
Looking ahead, Mr Connors says he’ll con-
tinue regular physiotherapy and gym sessions
to increase the strength in his right leg and is
hoping to drive again and return to his post at
the Otorohanga Police Station early next year.
OTOROHANGA Police Sergeant Andy Connors returned to work in October six months to the
day after suffering serious injuries in a quad bike accident on his Piopio farm.
Back on . . . light duties
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