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Deputy hurt in the line of duty: The citizens I serve saved my life

Updated: 08/08/2014 9:24 PM | Created: 08/08/2014 10:52 AM
By: Nicole Brady, KOB Eyewitness News 4

On October 26th Christopher Chase went out with the intention of doing serious harm. He had an assault rifle and a tattoo that said 'cop killer." He called police and told them he was waiting for them.

After stealing an APD squad car, Chase led authorities on a cross town pursuit, firing shots along the way.

Bernalillo County Sheriff's Deputy Robin Hopkins was on patrol.

"When you're in the moment you're just in work mode and your training kicks in, later on you might go 'wow', but in the moment no, you're trained to deal with these things," Hopkins told KOB Eyewitness News 4.

She was shot in the femur and at one point feared she would lose her leg. But not even a year later, she's up walking and back at work.

"I'm on light duty at the academy," said Hopkins. "I was able to talk to the cadets about the incident, and hopefully inspire."

She tells them it's an amazing job, but she knows it's a dangerous one.

 We see again and again, police and deputies in violent encounters. Another Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputy just this week and as we know from the comments we hear, some people are quick to defend police and deputies. Others are quick to criticize.

"I don't think they understand what we do. We have a citizen's police academy coming up and boy would I encourage everybody to take part," Hopkins said. "Those are discussions we can have. Why did you use deadly force? And we get a chance to say to say this was my perspective, this was my training, and this is what was going on in my mind."

In addition to talking to cadets and the public about police work Hopkins is on a mission to say thank you to the people who helped her in a way they probably didn't even realize.

Since October 26th of last year, she has needed more than 100 units of blood.

"So what's so cool is that the citizens that I serve saved my life and that makes me want to say I'm going to get back out there and continue to serve you as you served me," said Hopkins.

And you have a chance to help save lives during The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive next Friday and Saturday in Albuquerque. It's a friendly competition. You choose if you want to donate on behalf of police, deputies or firefighters.

To make an appointment, log on to United Blood Services of New Mexico at: www.unitedbloodservices.org/nm.


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