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Jim Farringer

Rehabilitation Helps Police Chief Recover from Stroke

Jim Farringer has been the police chief for O’Hara Township for more than 12 years now. He also has experience as an EMT and volunteer fireman.

In February 2014, he had a stroke during work. He spent 12 days in the hospital.

“I was scared,” he said. “Will I ever get back to my job again? Will I ever ride a motorcycle again or play with the kids? It really had me worried.”

After he was released from the acute care hospital, he transferred to HealthSouth Harmarville, one of two HealthSouth hospitals in the Pittsburgh area. HealthSouth’s second hospital is in the town of Sewickley.

“I spent 28 days at Harmarville. They wheeled me in on a stretcher and I walked out of there with a walker,” he said. “My right leg was absolutely dead. They just kept encouraging me and eventually I was able to move it on my own. They actually got me up on a treadmill and got me walking and eventually they had me jogging.”

After discharge, Farringer underwent a series of tests to regain his position on the police force and today he is back to active duty. Perhaps the sweetest part of his recovery has been his return to his beloved motorcycle.

“I have a 2006 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic,” Farringer said. “I have a motorcycle trip planned after retirement. I want to do the four corners of the lower 48 states. It’s just the sense of freedom you have whenever you’re on a bike. After a busy day at work, I get on the bike and forget about the day’s events. It’s so relaxing.”

Farringer is thankful for the team that treated him at HealthSouth and his ability to both return to work and his bike. He added that he has a few words of advice to future patients of HealthSouth.

“Work with these people, give it 110% and they will put you back on your feet,” he said.

For more information, visit demandhealthsouth.com or call 877-937-7342

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