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Burlington Police Chief to Return to Work After Bike Accident

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Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo at a press conference Monday - FILE: SARA TABIN
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  • Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo at a press conference Monday
Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo plans to be back on duty full-time on August 20 — nine weeks after a bicycle crash sent him to the intensive care unit at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

Del Pozo said the last thing he remembers on June 16 is coasting down the gradual, 4.5-mile hill on Route 73 in Keene Valley, N.Y., when the used bike he had recently bought started shaking uncontrollably.

He crashed, fracturing three bones in his skull, four ribs, two bones in his shoulder and his collarbone, he said. He was flown by helicopter to Burlington, and spent two days in intensive care and a third day in the hospital before being released.



The bones are on the mend, and del Pozo is still recovering from a concussion.

"All indications are that cognitively, I’m lucky to be exactly the same as I was," he said. For the time being, he added, "I don’t know if I’ll be doing foot pursuits or subduing anyone."

When he crashed, del Pozo had been training for an Ironman half triathlon — a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run. That's off the table.

"The prognosis about ski season is optimistic," he said.

Del Pozo has already started working part-time. He reviewed the plans to police the University of Vermont Medical Center nurses strike in July — "from my couch, in a dim room," he clarified, as if to appease his doctors. He has also been vetting candidates to replace former deputy chief Shawn Burke, who was hired as chief of the South Burlington Police Department.

The department's deputy chief of administration, Jan Wright, is filling in as acting chief during del Pozo's absence.