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Two Aurora police officers shot in deadly Henry Pratt shooting return to full duty

Officer Adam Miller, left, and Officer Rey Rivera were  were honored for their actions that day during the "Celebration of Courage: Aurora Strong Recognition Ceremony" at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on April 29.
Officer Adam Miller, left, and Officer Rey Rivera were were honored for their actions that day during the "Celebration of Courage: Aurora Strong Recognition Ceremony" at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on April 29.

AURORA – Two Aurora police officers shot in the line of duty during the Henry Pratt mass shooting in February are returning to full duty after spending the past nine months recovering.

“Today is a good day,” Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said Monday evening in a news release from the Aurora Police Department.

Officer Adam Miller was shot in the face as officers tried to confront the shooter in the early stages of the incident. The shooting left five Henry Pratt employees dead and several Aurora police officers wounded.

After he was shot, Miller was heard over the police radio saying, "I'm shot – still in the fight."

“His resilience and fighting spirit have been an inspiration to us all,” Ziman said in the release. Miller returned to full duty Monday night on APD’s midnight shift.

Officer Rey Rivera returned to full duty last week. Rivera was shot in the leg during the incident and has spent the last nine months undergoing physical therapy and regaining full use of his leg. Rivera is currently assigned to APD’s day shift.

Three other officers were also shot that day. Officer James Zegar returned to full duty shortly after the shooting. Officer John Cebulski and Officer Marco Gomez continue their recovery and are currently on restrictive duty assignments with the department.

“On behalf of a grateful police department, thank you for the love and support you have given our officers as they have fought their way back to wellness,” Ziman said.

Among those killed in the shooting was Sheridan native Trevor Wehner, 21. The DeKalb resident was a student at Northern Illinois University and a human resources intern at Henry Pratt.

Wehner had just begun working that day in the human resources department at Mueller Water Products, the parent company of Henry Pratt Co., when he was included in a meeting on Feb. 15 in which Martin was being terminated.

Also killed were Clayton Parks, 32, of Elgin, a 2014 NIU graduate who was the human resources manager; Russell Beyer, 47, of Yorkville, a mold operator and union chairman; Vicente Juarez, 54, of Oswego, a stock room attendant and forklift operator; and Josh Pinkard, 37, of Oswego, the plant manager.

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