Legacy in the News: Officer Paul Meyer honored for 20 years of service

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December 31, 2012

Officer Paul Meyer, the Portland police officer who was paralyzed during a police exercise, was honored with a 20-year-service pin from Chief Mike Reese at Legacy Emanuel on Sunday. About 200 family, friends, fellow officers and firefighter medics stood to applaud Meyer to show support for him, his wife and kids.

Meyer was hit by a telephone pole-sized falling tree on Hayden Island while participating in ATV training on Nov. 19. He was paralyzed from the waist down and doctors don’t think he will ever walk again.

He is being treated at the Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon (RIO) at Legacy Good Samaritan and is expected to be released January 9, 2013.

"I feel so fortunate just to have survived this thing and to be who I am still," said Meyer. "And to have this support is just what keeps us going, keeps me going every day, keeps the family going every day."

Meyer doesn't remember much of the first eight days he was hospitalized, partly because he was in a medical-induced coma. He said he remembers a minute or two before the accident occurred: riding on the trail to a lot, ready to break for lunch.

He said he remembers waking up in the intensive care unit two or three times, thinking it was a bad dream and dozing back to sleep. On the fourth or fifth time he awoke, he realized something was seriously wrong.

Meyer said he's lost use of his legs but is thankful to be alive.

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