September 04, 2013 17:09
Officer Paul Meyer, a 20-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau, was welcomed back to work on Tuesday by Chief Mike Reese. A surprise lunch followed with many members of the Bureau attending to welcome Paul back to work.
"It's an honor to welcome Paul back to work," said Chief Reese. "Paul's tremendous skills and knowledge are an asset to the Police Bureau and I'm excited to have Paul back and to see him finish his career as a Portland Police officer."
Paul's wife Mary wanted to mark this very special day with lots of smiles, food and familiar faces.
Officer Meyer has made a remarkable recovery in just 9 1/2 months. In November 2012, Paul was involved in a freak accident during a Police Bureau ATV certification course. He sustained severe injuries that left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Officer Meyer will return to work on a limited, part-time basis in the Bureau's Armory, which is part of the Training Division.
"After facing overwhelming challenges, Paul's incredible progress can be attributed to the exceptional care he has received from his many doctors and therapists and from his faith in God," said Mary Meyer. "It can also be attributed to the immense support from family, friends and the Portland Police Bureau. Paul truly has a spirit that will not be broken. There was never a moment that Paul did not think about returning to work. Not many people can honestly say they love their job, but Paul truly does."
Mary and Paul, along with their two sons, Russell and Matthew, say they have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from the members of the Portland Police Bureau.
"We will never forget that an officer was outside Paul's hospital room for 51 days. Seven days a week, 24 hours a day," said Mary Meyer. "It gave us such a sense of relief and gave Paul the reassurance that there was always a familiar face available at any time, day or night. Life will never be as it was, but we are confident that with everyone's support, Paul will continue to amaze us with his speed of recovery."
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204