An Ontario, CA, police officer who was among those wounded during the Las Vegas shooting massacre last year is back on the job, reports KABC.
“It’s been a frustrating and emotional journey,” Michael Gracia said. “I miss work. I miss talking with people, so being back here is a blessing.”
Gracia was with his fiancée Summer Clyburn on Oct. 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, at the Route 91 Harvest festival, when a gunman opened fire into the crowd. Fifty-eight people were killed and hundreds were left wounded, either by bullets and shrapnel, or trampled as concertgoers tried to escape.
“I survived a horrible incident,” Gracia said. “So it’s a blessing to be here with my daughter, and my fiancée, and be here at work serving again.”
Gracia was struck by a bullet on the left side of his head and suffered brain damage. His fiancée said he had to learn how to eat, drink, and talk all over again.
For the time being, Gracia is taking reports behind the front counter. He said interacting with the public allows him to work on his speech. But he plans to return to patrol.
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