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Retired police chief suffers from stroke

Former Connersville Police Chief David Counceller suffered a stroke last week. His family has put together a GoFundMe page for donations to go towards his rehabilitation.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com

After suffering from a stroke last week, David Counceller’s family is asking for help from the community that he has helped throughout his life.

Counceller, who worked at the Connersville Police Department for over 30 years, had a hemorrhagic stroke. A hemorrhagic stroke is when a ruptured blood vessel causes bleeding in the brain.

“He was life-lined by helicopter to Indianapolis because the bleeding was not stopping,” daughter Julie Counceller Crabtree said. “Fortunately, it did eventually stop before brain surgery was necessary.”

He was still in the hospital Tuesday.

“The stroke has left him with serious speech problems and also impaired use of his right hand. His recovery is going to be a long haul that includes a lot of speech, occupational and physical therapy. We are still unsure at this point of how much he will regain from this brain trauma, but we remain optimistic,” Crabtree said.

Counceller has had a career serving his community as a law enforcement officer. He retired Dec. 31, 2015 as chief of police and is still a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

“He is a charismatic person who is used to being on the other side of situations like this; he is a helper, a caring person who has reached out and helped so many in his lifetime,” Crabtree said. “The last thing I want is for my dad to worry about anything right now. I want him to rest and rehabilitate. Donations made to this fund will go to help him now, and in the future as he faces recovery from this difficult trauma.”

FOP President Clint Brown and other officers have stayed in touch with Counceller.

“The FOP has been in contact with family and several officers have went to visit Dave,” Brown said. “We are committed to assisting him in his recovery in whatever way we can. Dave has been a faithful servant and leader, both as an officer and member of the FOP. We are asking for prayer and support in the way of the GoFundMe account made for Dave. Dave has dedicated his life to service of this community and we would love to see support for him in this time of need.”

In a Facebook post, Crabtree stated her father had a great attitude and that is he a fighter.

The family is asking for privacy so they can focus on his therapy and rehabiliation. 

For updates on his condition, or to donate, visit www.gofundme.com/david-counceller-stroke-recovery.