WICHITA, Kan, (KSNW) — Monday afternoon, Lindsborg was coated in purple. The neighborhood got here collectively to honor a retired captain of the McPherson County Sheriff’s Workplace.
Captain Doug Anderson has been a beloved member of the neighborhood for over forty years. He returned house to Lindsborg Monday after an extended battle with issues that arose from COVID-19.
“Doug is among the best human beings you’ll ever meet, he’ll exit of his manner to assist individuals and do something for anyone,” stated Joe Hoffman, a longtime buddy of Anderson.
Towards the top of October, 2020, Hoffman bought an sudden name from Anderson. “It was horrible information, he known as me at some point and stated ‘I bought the COVID,” stated Hoffman.
For a month, Anderson battled the coronavirus on a ventilator in Topeka, however issues after restoration has saved him away from house, for what his son Austin says is just too lengthy.
“I’ve been fortunate sufficient to see him two instances since he’s been gone, however two instances over 5 months isn’t sufficient — to have him again right here house is wonderful,” stated Austin.
The neighborhood gathered to indicate their assist for Anderson’s homecoming again to Lindborg’s hospital. Traces of individuals dotted the streets wearing purple — for his beloved Okay-State Wildcats.
“It’s nice to see all of the neighborhood right here. He’s taught hundreds of scholars D.A.R.E. over the previous 30 years, so he’s made an impression,” stated Austin.
Anderson has been sorely missed on the sheriff’s workplace as properly. Sheriff Montagne and Sergeant Elmer say he was a top-notch investigator. “It was an enormous gap in our division,” stated Montagne.
On account of continued medical points post-COVID, Anderson has retired. His fundamental focus will now be on restoration. “He’s going to go full bore, and he’s going to get house,” stated Austin.