Legacy in the News: Officer paralyzed in training exercise speaks for first time since accident

KOIN Local 6 News

December 20, 2012

One month after being paralyzed during a training exercise, Portland police officer Paul Meyer is talking about the day that changed his life.

After being treated at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Meyer is now a patient at the Rehabiliation Institiute of Oregon (RIO) at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center.

Meyer cannot believe he survived the accident. The husband and father of two young boys said he understands life will now be different. His family will have to learn to live a new normal, adjusting to the daily routine and challenges of a wheelchair.

“I know I’m going to get frustrated with some things. I know things are going to get me upset,” Meyer said. "The alternative is that my kids are visiting me in a cemetery.”

Kate Morris, Meyer's physical therapist at RIO, said working with Meyer is inspirational.

“It’s hard work, and he’s learning how to move in a new body, and just every day he greets you with a high five and smile on his face,” Morris said.

Meyer is learning how to balance on his own, get in and out of a car from his wheelchair, along with other daily tasks. Morris said he is doing it with a broken collarbone. However, Meyer isn't complaining about being confined to a wheelchair.

Before Meyer can go home, his house has to be remodeled to be wheelchair accessible. If you would like to donate money to his family, or can offer your time or skills to get his house ready, visit the Officer Paul Meyer website

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