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Gresham resident seriously injured in motorcycle accident

Former Portland police officer Paul Georgioff is paralyzed after July 17 wreck
by: Contributed photo Paul B. Georgioff

A motorcycle crash in Idaho has left a long-time Gresham resident paralyzed from the waist down.

Paul B. Georgioff, 51, of Gresham was thrown from his motorcycle on The Spiral Highway, also known as the Old Lewiston Grade, just north of Lewiston, Idaho, on Sunday, July 17, according to a Nez Perce County, Idaho, county sheriff's office press release.

Georgioff was operating a 1992 Honda motorcycle and heading down the highway's famous grade when his rear brake locked up, causing the bike to fishtail and spin out from under him. Georgioff was thrown and collided with a guardrail.

He was transported to a regional medical center in critical condition and was LifeFlighted to Oregon Health and Science University. He is now in fair condition at the Legacy Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon, housed in the Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center.

'He's not going to walk again,' said Officer Lisa Clayton, employee assistance coordinator for the Portland Police Bureau, where Georgioff just retired from after a 27-year-career, most recently with the TriMet Division. 'He can't move from the waist down.'

According to his page on caringbridge.org, his back is broken in three places, he has multiple broken bones, and sustained two collapsed lungs, lacerated internal organs, a bruised aorta 'and one heck of a road rash on his right arm, which he proudly showed to his sons. … Despite his pain, Paul's main concern at every turn has been for those he loves. He's kept us laughing, even though it hurts him to laugh, and he's still his feisty, lovable self. Can't keep Paul Georgioff down. Now to prepare for the road ahead …'

The Spiral Highway is a popular route for motorcycle riders who take in sweeping canyon views on the short, curvy road, which includes a 1,500-foot descent.

Donations to the Paul Georgioff Fund can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank branch.