Officer Thrane was directing traffic at the intersection of William Floyd Parkway and Yaphank Woods Boulevard on November 3 at 12 a.m. when the drunk driver struck the rear of a parked GMC Yukon causing that vehicle to strike Thrane. The officer, 35, suffered life-threatening brain injuries and was on life support and a ventilator. Following multiple surgeries and round-the-clock care, the three-year veteran of the SCPD was discharged from Stony Brook University Hospital to begin his rehabilitation at St. Charles Hospital.
Over a hundred of his fellow police officers lined the sidewalk of the hospital as he was met by his family and friends. A flyover of police helicopters and a pipe and drum band played as the officer was transported for inpatient physical therapy at nearby St. Charles Rehabilitation in Port Jefferson.
Officer Thrane still has a long road ahead to regain full function but doctors are optimistic about his ability to return to the police force.