I am happy to report that Deputy Drew Kennison was released from the hospital yesterday and is now at a Rehabilitation facility. He will likely be there for the next couple of weeks. Thank you to everyone at Legacy Emanuel for caring for him so well.
Drew is really doing amazingly well considering everything and is in really good spirits. His attitude and determination have been inspiring to everyone who has gone to visit him.
He has a lot of work ahead of him, but he is up to the task and is grateful for all of the support.
Drew is an operator on the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT team. A couple days ago, they dropped into the hospital and presented Drew with a custom flag that includes the team logo.
This photo is from Peace Health Southwest Medical Center on March 2nd. Sheriff's Office employees, led by the Deputy Sheriff's Guild, presented a letter written by Drew along with a cart of snacks and other items to say thank you to the Emergency Room and Security staff that provided amazing care to Drew and comfort to our agency last week.
The following is a letter that Drew wrote to thank all those that helped save his life and all those who have supported him and his family during this time.
Thank you so much to everyone involved in Drew's care and to all the outpouring of support from everyone in our community.
To Drew, we love you and are here for you. We can't wait to see you come back.
On February 22, 2023 Clark County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Drew Kennison was severely injured in a tragic accident while operating his patrol vehicle. Drew was traveling back from a SWAT training, where he serves as a SWAT team member.
While driving, the top of a tree fell onto the front of Drew’s patrol vehicle and entered into the passenger area, causing the patrol vehicle to leave the roadway and come to rest on a tree. Drew suffered serious injuries from the event. Thankfully, other SWAT members were there to immediately begin lifesaving medical support until rescue units could arrive. Tourniquets were placed on Drew's arm and leg, effectively saving his life. We are incredibly grateful for their quick and direct action.
Due to the heavy winter weather conditions, rescue units were hampered in getting to Drew and the response and extrication took approximately 40 minutes. Drew was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where staff did an amazing job stabilizing him. Drew was eventually transferred to Legacy Emanuel Hospital, where due to the severity of his injuries, required a partial amputation of his left leg and will require additional surgeries to repair a badly broken arm. Drew is in stable condition and has his family at his side.
We are so grateful for the swift response of many area first responder agencies that battled poor road conditions to get to Drew, citizens that offered blankets and support at the scene, to include shoveling and plowing snow and offering Drew and the other SWAT members encouragement as they kept him stable until EMS and Fire personnel arrived.
Drew is a 14-year member of the sheriff’s office and has accepted many specialized roles to help serve the community over the course of his tenure. Drew is a shining light in the sheriff’s office and the community. His smile, laugh, and sense of humor have been witnessed by many.
At the request of the family, please keep focused on prayers for Drew and allow for comfortable space as they cope. This donation account has been established to help the Kennison family offset the costs associated with his recovery and other family and financial needs that will be present for months to come.
Drew’s wife Leah and kids Aiden 14, Declan 5, and Tiegan 3.5 are thankful for Drew’s CCSO and first responder family. Please keep all involved in your thoughts.