04/14/2009

N.M. cop who made miracle recovery helps mentally ill

By Hailey Heinz
Albuquerque Journal


Albuquerque Police Department Sgt. Carol Oleksak was shot in the head and shoulder while answering a call about a man behaving suspiciously near the University of New Mexico. The man, Duc Minh Pham, was later shot by Officer Lee Speers. Pham, a homeless Vietnam immigrant, came to Albuquerque in 1989 and had an extensive arrest record and a history of mental illness. (AP Photo)
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ALBUQUERQUE — No one, including the surgeons working on her, expected Carol Oleksak to survive after she was shot in the head and shoulder in 2003.

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