Genoa Police Chief Bob Bratton fell over the holidays and broke his right ankle.
As a result, the chief is temporarily out of service for daily operations. Sgt. Todd Mocniak is the officer in charge, according to Village Administrator Kevin Gladden.
Bratton was leaving the police station after his shift about 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28 when the fall happened.
It was days after the first heavy snow blanketed Ottawa County with blizzard like conditions. He walked out the back door near the garage area and slipped on ice.
“I went down and you can tell it was broken. My foot was going to the right and my bone was going to the left,” Bratton said.
An Allen-Clay Joint Fire District squad took him to St. Charles Hospital in Oregon.
Bratton called his wife and staff alerted Gladden who headed to the emergency room to check on the chief.
Because of an already heavy surgery schedule at the hospital, Bratton wasn’t able to go under the knife until the morning of New Year’s Eve. The doctor then instructed him to stay a few more days for physical therapy.
“Then, they kicked me loose last Wednesday morning,” the chief said.
Doctors will re-examine Bratton on Jan. 14 to determine what kind of cast to fit him with. He’s hoping for a walking cast so that he can at least get to the office. “You know, of course, it had to be my right foot. My gas foot. My brake foot,” Bratton said.
Mocniak calls him regularly and stops by the house.
The updated computer system also allows Bratton to log into the department computer to review reports and then make some courtesy calls by phone to local businesses.
“I have to keep busy somehow,” he chuckled.
The only major problem the injury has caused is an interruption in a SWAT training program that had been scheduled in Toledo.
A department patrolman will be working with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office’s SWAT team. That endeavor requires him to undertake three weeks of training at a Toledo facility. Bratton had shifted the schedules around and had planned to cover that patrolman’s shifts himself, he said. Now, he can’t.
“This screwed it all up. We’re not going to cancel the training, though, because I don’t know when we would be able to get him back there. I told them we needed to get this done. It might cost a little overtime but would be worth it in the long run,” Bratton said.