Marshfield, WI (OnFocus) This Thanksgiving, the Seitz family had an extra reason to give thanks.
Cliff Seitz surprised his family by showing up to celebrate the holiday at home after months of medical care, with assistance from the Marshfield Police Department.
Diagnosed with a spinal infection in February which left him with partial paralysis, Cliff has spent the last nine months in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities across Wisconsin and recently returned to Marshfield for care. While his mobility has improved, he has been unable to return home for a visit, his family said.
After brainstorming ways to celebrate Thanksgiving, both Cliff and his family determined it would be too difficult for him to return home.
“Cliff then had an idea,” said his wife, Lois. “He reached out to the Marshfield Police Department, and they were happy to help!”
Officers helped escort Cliff to his residence. “As community partners, we strive to help those in need, even if it is helping to surprise loved ones,” said Police Chief Rick Gramza. “When Cliff reached out to me, I thought this was a great opportunity to bring smiles to many faces with one simple good deed. This couples very well with our desire to pursue policing excellence.”
Cliff’s plans were kept a complete secret from his family until Thanksgiving Day.
“Everyone was shocked and thankful that he was able to spend the day with his family in his home,” Lois said. “What a special surprise after nine long months!”