Law Enforcement Rallies Around Placer County Deputy Hurt in Freak Accident

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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.