PLACER COUNTY -- A week ago Wednesday, Placer County Sheriff's Deputy Austin Harper fractured his skull in an accident during a training exercise.
"He's a former Marine. He's a deputy sheriff. If anybody can pull through, if anybody's gonna fight, with this baby coming in November, I think that Austin can pull through," sheriff's office spokesperson Dena Erwin said.
Harper was running at a high speed, according to Erwin, and hit his head on a steel beam.
Harper was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent brain surgery and was placed in a medically induced coma.
Tuesday, doctors started to ween him off the drugs that kept him in that coma.
"Overall, it's a very slow process," Erwin said.
Meanwhile, Harper's wife, Sara, is due to give birth to their first child in November.
Law enforcement officers have launched a donation page to help Harper and his family.