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HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI)- A Hazelwood police officer who suffered severe spinal cord injuries after an on-duty crash is being moved to a different hospital Wednesday.

Officer Craig Tudor has been at Barnes Jewish Medical Center ever since the crash happened back on August 25th. But he has had some challenges with his recovery.

His heart even stopped twice.

So today Tudor is heading to a Colorado hospital specializing in spinal injuries and rehabilitation and he received quite an escort. All kinds of law officers, firefighters and paramedics escorted Tudor from Barnes to the Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield.

There were  temporary shutdowns on parts of Highway 40 west as he was taken to the airport.

Authorities say Tudor was responding to an emergency call when a car hit his police cruiser back on August 25th.
Tudor`s cruiser overturned. He was airlifted from the scene with critical injuries and has been in the hospital ever since.

Tudor`s wife says because of his spinal cord injury from the crash his heart is having a hard time responding to stimulation.

Hazelwood Police Chief Gregg Hall says Tudor`s injury does involve some paralysis. Tudor will be going to the same Colorado facility as Ballwin police officer Mike Flamion.

Flamion was paralyzed after he was shot during a traffic stop back on July 8th. 

Many people praying and hoping for the best as the 11 year veteran of the Hazelwood police force continues with a very difficult recovery process.