Group raises money for Kralicek rehab

COEUR D'ALENE - A Coeur d' Alene police officer seriously injured in the line of duty six years ago gets a brand new bike to help with his rehabilitation.

40-year old Mike Kralicek was shot in the head while responding to a call for back up in 2004. At first doctors believed Kralicek would be in a vegetative state for the rest of his life. However over the years Kralicek has proved doctors wrong going from a quadriplegic to walking.

On Wednesday Kralicek received a brand new Recumbent Trike. The trike will give Kralicek the freedom to bike and strengthen his legs.

Applebee's Restaurant and The Kootenai County Police and Fire Memorial Foundation raised $5,000 to pay for the bike.

"Still striving for more independence, trying to show other people that there's a hope there's still a way," Kralicek said. "My wife and I travel around the county doing speaking we keep telling everybody if you keep trying hard enough, it may not be the way it used to be but there's a way to do it."

The Kootenai County Police and Fire Memorial Foundation will host a fund raiser August 13th at 9:30 am at the Avondale Golf Course in Hayden. Money raised helps all fire fighters and police officers injured in the line of duty.

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