Ga. officer takes part in 5K race one year after being shot in the head

Officer Matt Cooper is in the midst of a long recovery

By David Matthews
New York Daily News

COVINGTON, Ga. — Last year, officer Matt Cooper was shot in the head while responding to a 911 call. He survived but is in the midst of a long recovery. He made further progress this weekend when he participated in his department’s yearly 5K run.

Taking part in the Covington Police Department’s annual Fuzz Run was one of Cooper’s goals during his hospital stay that included multiple surgeries and months of physical therapy.

“I was so mad I missed [last year’s run],” Cooper told The Rockdale Citizen. “I said I was doing it this year. My main goals were to get my feeding tube out, my skull put back on, and run the Fuzz Run this year.”

“To be able to finish with a quick jog for at least 10 feet meant the world to me,” he said. “And to have everybody cheer me on... I’m beyond humbled by this city.”

“He was being told, his family was being told, that he would be in a wheelchair. He would not be in a position to run or walk,” Capt. Ken Malcolm told WSB-TV. “So for him to be able to get out and lead hundreds of people in a race is miraculous.”

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