‘He is fighting for his life’: Wife of Orange Beach officer battling COVID-19 asks for prayers

Baldwin County

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) – The wife of an Orange Beach police officer battling COVID-19 is asking for prayers as her husband continues to fight the virus. Brandon Ard remains in ICU at Mobile Infirmary as of Wednesday afternoon.

“We’ll not stop fighting for Brandon as long as Brandon is fighting,” said Elaina Ritenburgh, Brandon’s wife.

Ritenburgh tells WKRG News 5 her husband was intubated on Tuesday, August 10th. On Tuesday of this week Brandon celebrated his 50th birthday with his mom and wife by his side.

“She and I were allowed to sit at his bedside and hold his hand and sing him happy birthday,” his wife said.

Ritenburgh said she only expected to visit with her husband for about 15 minutes due to hospital restrictions, but staff allowed her to stay by Brandon’s side for nearly 3 hours.

“He’s on full life support and he is fighting for his life,” Ritenburgh added.

Brandon has been with the department for over 15 years. His wife tells us he currently serves on the beach patrol unit. Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon posted a prayer request for Brandon on Facebook Wednesday afternoon.

“I’m asking everyone to help us lift Brandon Ard up in prayer as he continues to battle COVID. Please grant him strength and complete healing for restored health,” the post read.

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