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TPD officers involved in crash upgraded to fair condition

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UPDATE: As of Friday afternoon, both officers involved in the crash have been upgraded to fair condition.

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Two Toledo officers still recovering tonight at Mercy St. V's.  30-year-old Todd Mikolajczyk, an officer who joined the force in November 2011 and 30-year-old Jeron Ellis, a new officer who was hired last October and hit the streets in April.

"I was told that they were serious injuries, and that they're stable," says police chief William Moton.  Mikolajczyk was driving the car this morning when the suspect, Matthew Hartford, crashed into their patrol car

Investigators say the veteran officer was training Ellis, a routine practice for the department.

"We rotate our probationary officers on a monthly basis," says deputy chief Don Kenny. "And obviously, yesterday being the second of July, it was Jeron's second day on midnights."

Department leaders say Mikolajczyk has never been involved in any other serious accidents.

"He's a good seasoned officer and the watch commanders make sure that any probationary officer that is paired with a non field-training officer is with a very competent and energetic police officer," says Kenny.

This morning TPD leaders and Mayor D. Michael Collins met with the families of the two officers, including both sets of parents and Mikolajczyk's wife.  Safety leaders have not disclosed the exact injuries the two men suffered.  "We didn't have much of a discussion. To be honest with you, the discussion focused mostly with me and I was there privately with them in prayer," says Mayor Collins.

While the department calls this a tragedy, many are grateful their conditions aren't worse.

"This is no different than the experiences we had in January, but by the grace of God we don't have two deceased officers," says Collins, referring to the fatal blaze that killed two firefighters earlier this year.

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