Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bellevue marshal suffers broken leg

Veteran Hailey officer assigned as temporary replacement

Express Staff Writer

Bellevue Marshal Larry Clark is shown here in 2012, a few months after being appointed to the position. Clark is currently off duty after slipping on ice and suffering a broken leg while on duty last Friday. Express file photo

    Bellevue Marshal Larry Clark is recovering at home after suffering a broken left leg last Friday after he slipped on ice while responding to a domestic dispute involving two women in Bellevue.
    “I did a pretty bad job on it,” Clark said Monday. “It was dislocated and a break.”
    Clark said the accident happened at about 10:40 a.m. after he had quieted down the dispute and was walking down steps as he was leaving the home.
    “I just took one, I think it was the second step, and my feet went out from under me and down I went,” Clark said. “I called the ambulance myself.”
    Clark was taken by Wood River Fire and Rescue ambulance to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center, where surgery was performed to put the bone back in its proper place. He was released from the hospital at about noon on Saturday and is now getting around with crutches because he is unable to put any weight on the leg.
    “I’m learning how to use them,” said Clark, who is 52. “It’s the first bone I’ve broken in 52 years.”
    How long he’ll be off duty hasn’t been determined,
    “I’ll know more when I go back to see the doctor, but it could be three to four months,” Clark said.
    Contrary to rumor, Clark said there were no arrests at the home where the domestic disturbance occurred.
    The Hailey Police Department is contracted to provide police services to the city of Bellevue.
    Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter said Tuesday that veteran officer Forrest Danilson has been assigned as temporary marshal while Clark recovers.
    “I wish him a speedy recovery and hope he gets back to work soon,” Gunter said.
    Clark has served as Bellevue marshal since October of 2011.

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