Manchester Pays Tribute To Officer Who Survived 100-Day Covid Fight
It's been more than 100-days since Manchester Township Police Sgt. Antonio Ellis contracted the Covid-19 coronavirus.
This week, the Township welcomed Sgt. Ellis home after a literal fight for his life.
Manchester Mayor Ken Palmer posted a tribute to Sgt. Ellis on Facebook, telling some of his harrowing story.
According to Mayor Palmer, Sgt. Ellis not only contracted Covid-19, but it got really serious as he became comatose and required a ventilator for nearly a month.
On Wednesday, Patch.com reports that Sgt. Ellis was released from the hospital and got a hero's release and welcome home.
It started at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, where Sgt. Ellis had been undergoing weeks of physical therapy.
Following his release, the hospital posted a moving tribute on their Facebook page:
But, it wasn't just his release that was special. The Patch article goes on to describe his escort home to Toms River where he was greeted by neighbors and police from Howell, Barnegat, Lakewood, and more.
A law enforcement helicopter even did a fly-by.
On Wednesday, the Ocean County Sheriff's Office posted a number of photos and videos of the events:
As more local police departments got involved, more videos and photos started showing up, like these videos from the Lakewood Police Department:
According to the Patch article, Sgt. Ellis heads up the Manchester Township Traffic Safety Unit and has instructed at the Ocean County Police Academy.
You can read much more about the homecoming of Sgt. Antonio Ellis by clicking here for the Patch article.
Welcome home, Sgt. Ellis!