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Trooper Andrew Steen remains in the hospital in critical condition as of Monday. Steen was hit by a car during a high-speed chase in Sioux Falls almost two weeks ago.

Monday morning, a restaurant chain in Sioux Falls worked to raise money for Steen and his family.

All eight Taco John’s locations in Sioux Falls were a lot busier than usual Monday morning.

The general manager of the franchise said he is thrilled to have so many people come out to support Trooper Steen. He also said it just goes to show how strong and supportive residents are in Sioux Falls.

Ted Miller, the general manager of many of the Taco John’s in the Sioux Empire decided he wanted to give back to a local hero in need.

So Monday morning, his stores in Sioux Falls did more than just give customers a little taste of their Mexican cuisine.
 
“50 percent of all our sales are going to Trooper Steen’s fundraiser,” said Ted Miller.

He said the early morning chase that took place nearly two weeks ago that critically injured Trooper Steen, is bringing the community together.

Miller said it seems everyone who stops in, wants to pitch in.

"People come in that just didn’t have a lot of money, but wanted to stop in and drop off what they could,” said Miller.

For Andrew Burnett, eating a breakfast burrito isn’t normally part of his routine, but Monday was different.

"Because sometimes when you’re eating a breakfast burrito you're thinking, 'This is just the pleasure of a breakfast burrito,’ but this is something good and helping out,” said Andrew Burnett.

His wife Dawn said it is an easy way to have the community help out.

“It just seems like a good way to be supportive to eat some good breakfast,” said Dawn Burnett.

Another customer during the morning rush was Carol Perry. She hopes Trooper Steen recovers quickly, and the donations help once he is out of the hospital.
     
"Hopefully he gets better through this and he will be able to come back and enjoy his life,” said Carol Perry.

And at 10:00 this morning, burritos and potato oles were still flying out the door, at the Taco John's on 19th Street and Minnesota Avenue.
 
“We are at about 1,400 dollars,” said Sarah Pasco.

In total, all eight Taco John’s restaurants in Sioux Falls raised over $9,000 Monday.
Thrivent Financial and First Trust bank also matched some donations.
Together, the businesses will donate over $12,000 to Trooper Steen’s fund.

On Steen’s CaringBridge site, family wrote that he is making small improvements today.

Taco John’s will be taking donations for the rest of the week to put towards Steen’s fund.

For more information on how Trooper Steen is doing you can keep up to date on his CaringBridge site.    
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