Michigan sheriff deputy and father of 11 loses finger in freak accident

Oakland County Sheriff Deputy Tom Kangas is seen here after a freak accident chopped off his finger.

(FOX 2)

A Michigan police officer is recovering after losing a finger during a freak accident on the job.

Oakland Country Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Kangas, a 29-year veteran of the force who work on arson investigations and as a dog handler, lost his finger in an excavator grapple bucket—made of steel closed on his hand.

“I think a week after the second surgery, when they took the cast off,” he told Fox 2. “And I tried to move it with my finger and it was a big disappointment for me when I realized that it’s not working.”

He lost his right trigger finger, his middle finger was severely bruised and his dominant hand, his right, has extensive damage to the nerves. He will have to learn to shoot with his left hand.

The X-ray above you can see the right hand of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Kangas.

(FOX 2)

“They say that the greatest challenge will only learn how to draw from the holster,” Kangas, who already had two operations to undergo, it said.

Even everyday tasks, such as brushing his teeth and washing himself, with the help of his wife Rebecca.

“The most difficult is the pain,” she told Fox 2. “To care for him, is okay. It is his pain.”

The injury not only sidelined Kangas, making it harder to keep up with five of his 11 children with medical conditions. They suffer from Chiari malformation and hydrocephalus, which can have a number of operations per year.

The connected right hand of Michigan a police officer after a freak accident.

(FOX 2)

Kangas will receive 80 percent of his base salary due to the employee’s comp, but money is tight.

“I mean that you’re happy with what you had and that it comes to a halt,” he said.

A fellow Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy started a GoFundMe campaign that has already raised more than $10,000 to help the family stay on his feet.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

Follow us

Don't be shy, get in touch. We love meeting interesting people and making new friends.

Most popular