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The Casey's General Store is collecting donations to support injured Police Chief Terry "T.J." Behning in Buffalo.

Jeff Cook.QUAD-CITY TIMES

Buffalo Police Chief Terry “TJ” Behning, who was seriously injured when a stolen garbage truck crashed into his squad car in late September, is back home.

The police department shared an update from Behning's wife, Heidi, on its Facebook page Thursday. 

She wrote that the family is getting Behining settled in and "figuring out our new routine."

"We are anxiously awaiting therapy to start working with TJ so he’s ready to go if we get the green light on the (November) 16th to use the left leg," Heidi Behning wrote. "Overall, TJ remains in good spirits and is sleeping much better here than at the hospital!"

She further wrote, “We continue to receive so many nice messages from all of you. I read each and every one to TJ. They fuel him to keep pushing through. The most common comment people write us and say is that they can’t believe how positive and upbeat we are. How could we not be with all of you behind us! We are truly in awe every day of the support from family, friends, and the community. You guys are unbelievable.”

Behning was injured Sept. 25, when police say Logan Jeffery Shoemaker, 20, was driving a stolen garbage truck at a high speed in an effort to elude police, aimed the truck at Behning's squad car as he was attempting to deploy stop sticks at the intersection of Scott County Road Y40 and Iowa 22.

Behning has undergone several surgeries since the incident.

Shoemaker was charged with multiple offenses – including attempted murder – in connection with the alleged assault on Behning and other separate incidents.

He has a pretrial conference Nov. 17 and remained in the Scott County Jail Thursday.

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