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article imageDallas Cowboy Scouting Assistant Paralyzed In Structure Accident

By KJ Mullins     May 4, 2009 in Sports
Rich Behm, a scouting assistant for the Dallas Cowboys, was among the dozen people who were injured on Saturday when a tent-like practice structure collapsed during a storm. Behm was permanently paralyzed from the waist down during the accident.
The Dallas Cowboys announced that Rich Behm, 33, is in stable condition at Dallas' Parkland Hospital. He had surgery on Saturday to stabilize a fracture to the thoracic spine.
The Victoria Advocate reports:
"He seemed to be in good spirits, too, all things considered," said right tackle Marc Colombo, who visited Behm and special teams coach Joe DeCamillis at Parkland before visiting assistant athletic trainer Greg Gaither at Baylor University Medical Center with teammate Cory Procter.
"It's like one big family," he said. "We're around each other all day. These guys bust their butts, and they're all part of the team like we are."
Behm is married with three young children, the youngest just seven-weeks-old. He started with the Cowboys in 2002 in the video department. In 2003 he moved into the scouting department.
Behm was in charge of setting up the video needs for the scouts on the road and doing the highlight reels for the players leading up to the draft. He also sat in on draft meetings.
The Cowboys expect him to be able to return to his job when he recovers.
He is the most seriously injured of the three Cowboy staffers that remain in hospital.
Joe DeCamillis, 43, the team's special teams coach is due for surgery on Monday for a fracture of one of his cervical vertebrae without paralysis. He is also in stable condition.
After having surgery on a fracture to his tibia and fibula Sunday assistant athletic trainer Greg Gaither, 35, should be released from hospital later this week.
CBC reports:
"To the Behm family we extend our love, comfort, and the full support of every person and resource within the organization," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. "Rich is a courageous member of our family and someone for whom we care deeply. We ask for all friends and fans of the Dallas Cowboys to join us in embracing him and his family with their thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time."
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