A Lexington police officer serving in the Kentucky National Guard was injured in an explosion in Afghanistan on Saturday, police said.
Officer Chris Eden, 34, was injured when an improvised explosive device detonated near a convoy he was traveling in, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.
The officer's wife, Dana Eden, said the force of the explosion jarred the armored truck he was in, breaking two vertebrae in his lower back.
Roberts said Chris Eden is expected to recover. Dana Eden said she is thankful the injury wasn't worse.
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"The truck could have caught fire. The shrapnel could have been an issue," she said. "With his injury, definitely paralysis could have been an issue."
Chris Eden was in the police recruit academy in 2004 and has been a sworn police officer since 2005, Dana Eden said. He has served in the Army National Guard for about 15 years.
The two have been married for two years. They began dating while Chris Eden was a police recruit.
Dana Eden said she has been overwhelmed by support from friends, family and police officers since word got out about her husband's injury. People have offered to pray for his recovery, and many have thanked him for his service, she said.
"It is humbling. I don't know the best word to describe it. It's just amazing," she said.