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Officers injured in crime spree have 'long road to recovery'

Christopher Rouselle, 29, Josh Wiggins, 35, both recovering in hospital

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Support from surrounding law enforcement agencies is pouring in for two officers injured Wednesday afternoon in a chaotic eight mile long crime spree.

Officers Christopher Rouselle, 29, and Josh Wiggins, 35, and were struck by a stolen vehicle driven by a suspect fleeing an armed robbery at a business on Mayport Road, police said. They are receiving treatment at Memorial Hospital.

FUNDRAISING ACCOUNTS: Officers Christopher Rouselle | Officer Josh Wiggins

"Both of them have a long road to recovery," said Steve Zona, lodge president of the Fraternal Order of Police.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Rouselle has been with the agency for two years, while Wiggins has spent 12 years at JSO.

Zona said there has been an outpouring of support from the police community and the Jacksonville community for the officers and their family members.

"We’re thankful for the community as a whole here in Jacksonville because they always help us and wrap their arms around us during these times," Zona said. "Any time we have an incident like this, obviously, all their peers, they work with all the officers, they work around -- flock to the hospital, they want to be there for their officers and for the family,"

An 84-year-old man who was carjacked and the suspected carjacker were also hospitalized after the pursuit that ended in a crash.

READ: 2 officers, elderly man injured in robbery, carjacking, chase

Messages of support have been circulating on social media. Oak Harbor Church, the congregation the man who was carjacked belongs to, is holding a prayer vigil at 6 p.m. Friday at 2765 Florida A1A.

Rough last year for @JSOPIO and its members. Rough start to 2019. Grateful our officers are alive. Praying for them and the innocent victim injured during this senseless crime. #BackTheBlue https://t.co/laR4vxaLNZ

— Steve Zona (@szonajaxfop) January 3, 2019

Please pray for the injured and especially our brother in Christ and member of Oak Harbor Church - First Family. Severe injuries and long recovery ahead. We are having a prayer meeting at OHBC on Friday at 6pm for him as well as for the officers and... https://t.co/2meX5VNcC4

— GameDay Church (@GameDayChurch) January 3, 2019

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