DAYTON, Ohio — Officer Willie Hooper survived a crash many thought he would not. Now less than three months later he's as committed as ever to clearing crime out of Dayton.
Hooper, a 26-year veteran of the Dayton Police Department, returned to work two weeks ago, though doctors and other officers had apparently suggested he take more time to recover. Hooper explained, "Right now I have two torn ligaments on both sides of my pelvic area where the car hit me and I buckled over that."
"One of the things they wanted me to do is go on light duty. That's not me. I can't sit and answer a phone. I need to get out and do my job," Hooper said.