Roswell police officer still recovering six months after accident

Created: 04/30/2014 6:41 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A Roswell police officer almost lost his life while directing traffic.

A car hit him on a highway just outside of Roswell.

Six months after the accident, he spoke to KOB Eyewitness News 4 about his recovery.

Sergeant Steve Meredith has been working for the Roswell Police Department for 17 years.

In 2000, he won a medal for saving a life.

But last year, it was his life that was almost lost.

Meredith was standing on Highway 285 directing traffic away from an officer-involved shooting when he was hit by a car.

He was flown to Texas where he was in critical condition for two weeks.

Six months after the crash, Sergeant Meredith is still recovering at home.

He suffered from a broken femur, pelvis, ribs, punctured lung, two broken vertebrae, and multiple skull fractures.

Right now he still can’t drive a car and has lost some of his vision.

Eric Brackeen has worked with Meredith since the beginning.

He says his friend is lucky to be alive.

“He had so many things wrong that any one of them alone could have killed him,” said Brackeen.  “Basically it's a miracle that he's even still here."

It’s not just Roswell police officers who have his back.

Wednesday, officers from the Lovington Police Department presented Meredith with a $1,200 check.

The Lovington police chief says they're donating the money to support fellow officers hurt in the line of duty and hope other police departments will do the same.

Sergeant Meredith did not want to talk on camera because his vocal chords are impaired from the accident, but he says there are no words to express his gratitude.

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