It's a moment the Montague County Sheriff's Office has been waiting for. Family and friends of Deputy James Boyd joined Sheriff Paul Cunningham to celebrate Boyd's return to work.
Two months after being shot twice in the chest by a White Supremacist, Deputy Boyd is slowly reporting back to duty.
He was able to see the vest and cell phone that saved his life. There is a bullet still lodged inside the cell phone. The murderer, Colorado fugitive Evan Ebel who tried to kill him later died in a shootout.
"With the dangers, it comes with the job, but watch your back, always wear your vest no matter how hot it is," advises Boyd.
Deputy Boyd said he had a gut feeling something was up when he saw the Black Cadillac with Colorado tags change lanes in an unusual way.
Boyd remembers approaching Ebel, seeing the muzzle of the gun and then falling down as shots were fired.
He was shot twice in the chest, with the third bullet grazing his head and fracturing his skull.
Boyd was able to muster up some strength to radio for help.
He grew up wanting to be in law enforcement. His commitment was proven when almost as soon as he regained consciousness, he asked his boss when he could go back to work.
"This is one of the greatest accomplishments in my career of 35 years I can say," said Sheriff Paul Cunningham of welcoming back Boyd who he's known since he was a baby.
"James is an excellent deputy, he's very motivated, very professional in his abilities to perform his duty,' said Sheriff Cunningham.
"It was not my day to go, I got very lucky, had a lot of people watching out for me, God was with me that day," said Boyd.
Boyd continues to recover from the shooting and said he has a message for other deputies.
"I just wanna spread the word. Wear your vest. It saved my life."
He can't get back on the road in his patrol car yet. Boyd starts working in dispatch this Sunday for a few days. Then he has to go back to rehab to be reevaluated for full duty before he's cleared for patrol.
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