Stepping Up for a Wounded Warrior

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Sometimes when a cop is injured in the line of duty there’s a good chance the officer will make a full recovery and be able to get back to work quickly.

But this isn’t always the case. Sometimes the severity of injuries suffered makes just getting back to life a challenge, let alone getting back on the job.

But San Bernardino Police Officer Gabriel Garcia has never been known to back down from a challenge.

Six months ago, Garcia was shot in the head and nearly killed when a man opened fire in a San Bernardino neighborhood. Garcia’s rookie partner shot and killed the man believed to have injured him.

Garcia began to speak a couple months after the shooting and can now walk with braces. But he has to teach his body how to do everything all over again, including walking and talking.

Recovering from injuries this serious requires more than just determination, though. You’re going to need some help. That’s why it was so heartwarming to watch the wounded warrior come home to an environment that’s been tailor-made to help him recover.

Garcia was greeted by some outstanding people that volunteered to make his home a place where he can get around easily and work on getting back to full health. They’ve put in handrails so Garcia can better manage the stairs and made other adjustments.

San Bernadino P.D. volunteers and some folks from Home Depot worked together on the project.

Garcia, who’s speech is still limited, had no problem expressing his gratitude.

“Amazing,” he said.

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