Benefit held at Shank Hall for Milwaukee police officer struck in wrong-way crash

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Benefit held at Shank Hall for Milwaukee police officer struck in wrong-way crash

CREATED Oct. 17, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct. 17, 2012

MILWAUKEE- A big crowd turned out to salute Milwaukee Police Officer Joshua Albert at a benefit at Shank Hall Wednesday night.

Officer Albert was nearly killed by a wrong-way drunk driver around two months ago and has made remarkable progress since then.

As Officer Albert wheeled through the door Wednesday night, there was his partner, Katie Anderer -- as always -- at his side.

"She's my guardian angel.  Had she not been there that night, things may have been different.  Thankfully, she was," says Albert.

Katie just happened to be driving home behind Josh after their shift that night seven weeks ago.

He does not remember much about the head-on crash or the wrong-way driver.  What he does remember -- how Katie tried to keep him conscious.

Officer Josh Albert: "She wanted to sing to me."

TODAY'S TMJ4's Steve Chamraz: "What did she try to sing?"

Officer Josh Albert: "She asked if she could.  I said 'uhhm, no.'"

Katie Anderer is a big reason why Shank Hall was a packed house.

"I sing every night to him in the squad car, and he laughs about it, saying 'shut up. Stop singing to me,'" explains Anderer.

Milwaukee Police Chief Flynn, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and fellow officers were all raising money for Josh's recovery.

Though Josh is just glad to see his friends.

"So this is kind of a reunion for me.  A reunion after an accident... That almost took me away."

And Katie?  She says this is the least she can do for her partner.

"He would take a bullet for me any night.  I would take a bullet for him any night. So that bond is inseparable," describes Anderer.

Officer Albert hopes to be up and walking by December.  And by June -- he wants to be back to work, side-by-side with his partner.

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