June 20, 2013

Police sergeant reinstated after stabbing


Associated Press

ATHENS — An Athens Clarke-County police sergeant is back on the job six years after nearly being stabbed to death while on duty.

The Athens Banner-Herald reported Wednesday that (http://bit.ly/11nRWev) Sgt. Courtney Gale was sworn in again to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department earlier this week.

Gale was working as a uniformed security guard at a supermarket in December 2007 when a man attacked her with a large kitchen knife. Gale was stabbed 12 times, and authorities said she may have bled to death if a nurse who was shopping hadn’t been nearby and helped to stop the bleeding. Gale’s femoral artery was severed in the attack and she spent two weeks in a coma.

During her recovery, Gale earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Georgia and has worked as a civilian employee since 2012. She spent time in a wheelchair and walker, and eventually had to use a cane. After finishing a supervised rehabilitation program, Gale began working out at least four days a week.

“It’s a dream come true,” Gale told the newspaper Wednesday. “Everything is lining up where I left off. I’m a sergeant. I passed the lieutenant’s exam. I’m back in the game.”

Gale thanked well-wishers for the support they showed her during her recovery and for the fundraisers that helped put her through grad school.  

“On top of that, when I go to the grocery store, complete strangers hug me and tell me how they prayed for me,” she said.

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Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com