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Week 434
April 22, 2009

Editor's Note:

After a car crash, Trooper Matthew Swartz awoke from a coma and realized that he no longer had a lower left leg. A year and a half later, Swartz became the first New York State Police Trooper to resume "full and strenuous duty" with an amputated limb, and has now been named Athlete of the Month by the 2011 World Police and Fire Games.

Check out the article about Trooper Swartz and the book excerpt from Chuck Remsberg’s Blood Lessons for more on his story of survival. 

— Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Senior Editor

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