COLORADO SPRINGS – The Colorado Springs Police Department happily announced injured officer Cem Duzel was released from the Intensive Care Unit at UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central Tuesday.
This is a significant day for Officer Duzel, his family, and the Colorado Springs Police Department, as he was gravely wounded in early August. The CSPD officer suffered a gunshot wound to the head in the early hours of August 2nd while responding to a shots fired call.
Officer Duzel has continued to push forward in his rec
overy and will remain at Memorial Hospital Central as staff assists in his improvement.
The police department said visitation will be restricted for the time being, as a request from his family and doctors. People are asked to respect this request.
The community has shown a tremendous amount of love and support since the officer was injured in the line of duty. The police department even set up a card drop off location at the downtown Police Operations Center due to the number of inquiries from concerned citizens.
The police department has received hundreds of cards since, extending not only to Officer Duzel but to his family. All cards have been brought to him and his family at the hospital.
“You really feel the love and the concern from our community,” said CSPD Public Information Officer Lt. Howard Black. “We are getting a tremendous amount of cards coming in and I can tell you that is so meaningful for Cem’s family and they’re reading every one of those cards.”
Officer Duzel has been with the department for 5 years and is assigned as a patrol officer for the Sand Creek Division.