A Pensacola Police officer who was injured in a traffic crash Friday afternoon has begun his long road to recovery after undergoing surgery Sunday.
Officer Brad Buddin, 44, was escorting a funeral procession on 12th Avenue when a motorist pulled out of the procession and into the path of Buddin, who was riding a motorcycle. The crash occurred around 2:40 p.m. near 12th Avenue and Baars Street.
Buddin was hired by the Pensacola Police Department as an officer in June 2001, and is currently assigned to the Traffic Unit as a motorcycle officer. He received multiple injuries in the crash, which remains under investigation.