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"Hartford police collecting patches in support of injured officer"

By: Ellie Stamp, Eva Zymaris

Posted: Sep 11, 2023 / 06:50 PM EDT

Updated: Sep 11, 2023 / 06:53 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — An effort is now underway to lift the spirits of an injured Hartford police officer who is recovering after a crash that killed his partner in the line of duty last week.

Hartford Officer Brian Kearney was seriously injured and Officer Robert Bobby Garten, 34, was killed after a Honda Accord sped through a red light and crashed into their police cruiser on Wednesday night.

Authorities said the car was fleeing a traffic stop and had run multiple red lights before striking the police cruiser.

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