The Heflin City Council honored several officers who risked their lives tracking a triple homicide suspect in December 2012.
Officer Jackie Stovall was shot during that pursuit and wounded in his leg.
Stovall remembers everything about the day it happened including the chase, the gunfire, and feeling the round hit his leg.
"I tried to take a step and collapsed to the ground, and and then I tried to stand up and my leg wasn't going nowhere, and I said, 'He got me good!," Stovall told a crowd in Heflin Tuesday night.
The crowd had gathered for a special awards ceremony honoring Stovall and two other officers.
The shooting rampage occurred on Dec. 15, 2012. It started when Roberto Moya shot and killed three members of his own family at a Cleburne County trailer park, slashed the arms of his own infant son, and fled. When Heflin officer Scott Winslett tried to pull him over, authorities say Moya shot at his patrol vehicle.
Stovall and Cleburne County Deputy Jamie Cofield chased Moya to Oxford, where Moya was in an accident. He shot Stovall in the leg before taking a civilian car at gunpoint.
Stovall, Cofield and Winslett received Medals of Valor at the ceremony, and Stovall, still recovering from his gunshot wounds, received a Purple Heart.
"When it was setting there, happening, I was thinking, 'It's Saturday, my son's going to see me buried on Tuesday.' That's the first thought that hit my mind, was my son and family," Stovall said.
Stovall spent a year in recovery. His Facebook followers stayed at his side, all the way back to when he was seen in ICU. They also kept up as Stovall went back for several more surgeries, and as he faithfully attended his son's Oxford High School football games. Stovall's family updated his site when he couldn't.
"That was good medicine for me also," Stovall said of his Facebook updates. "To be able to talk and to tell what was going on, the healing process and how it was going. The healing process is, again, knowing that every birthday, every Thanksgiving, every time we've come through something, we went through the summer, watch him play ball, every time there's been one more birthday, I've made it past something that I didn't think I was going to make it through. "
Stovall says the best medicine for him in the near future will be his return to work, which he hopes to do soon. He also looks forward to celebrating Christmas "on time" since his family delayed it last year so he could get out of the hospital first.
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