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Friends of Arik Matson encouraged by progress

KAAL-TV
Created: July 10, 2020 10:57 PM

(ABC 6 News) - It’s been six months, but the blue lights still shine through the windows in Freeborn.

“Everybody’s thinking about him. You hear talk about him all the time, you know, everybody is saying, ‘I wonder how he’s doing,’” said Freeborn City Council Member Jim Beach.
 
Since the day Waseca Police Officer Arik Matson was gravely injured in the line of duty, the town has never given up hope for his return. Half a year later, the highlight of their days are receiving updates on his condition.
 
This week, Arik himself spoke to the community in a special video update. To his friends, it’s a glimpse at a normal life once again. 

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Arik wears many hats in the town of Freeborn and his fellow city council members are thrilled to see his progress, and were even more excited to hear his voice on the other end of the phone during a recent city council meeting. 
 
“We were all waiting for the phone call. It was great. Everybody was thrilled to hear from him. We talked for quite a while,” Beach said.

Arik is also greatly missed over at the fire department, but Chief Steve Seipp regularly keeps in contact.

“I texted with Arik a lot lately and he says if it wasn’t for the support of everybody he didn’t know if he would be able to make it as far as he has,” said Seipp.
 
“I think it says something for the city of Freeborn that we all pitched in and are helping with him,” Beach said.
 
The community hopes for continued better days ahead for their beloved neighbor.

“I sent him a message the other night and I said, ‘Well buddy, when you get back up here I got a couple great big steaks we’re going to grill out. We’re going to have some fun.’ He says, ‘I’ll be waiting for them. I like mine medium rare,’” Seipp said.
 
The man who shot officer Matson in the head, Tyler Janovsky, is set to have a court hearing sometime next week.


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