One Year Later, Officer Reyes Still Struggles After Accident
A police officer hurt in the line of duty a year ago has been granted an extension of injury leave with pay Monday by city council.
Sunday marked the one year anniversary of patrol officers Jose Reyes, Jr. accident which left him with injuries he is still suffering from today.
"About the accident, I don't remember anything."
His speech is just one thing officer Reyes has to live with after his tragic accident.
"I'm just starting to get on my feet again, walking and my speech. I need to get back my speech. And I still have two or three more surgeries for my face, facial injuries."
Officer Reyes said he just started getting on his feet again. Walking and getting in and out of the car are just a few things he struggles with.
"Health care workers stay with me and help me through the day. I go to therapy at Providence hospital everyday."
Officer Reyes was hit from behind while riding his motorcycle on I-35 and was in the hospital for four months.
He received a warm welcome and a standing ovation from city council, those attending the meeting, and Mayor Raul Salinas.
"We'll make sure we take care of you because you took care of us for so many years with so much dedication."
"I am very grateful for everyone supporting and praying for me. I am very grateful. It's a great place to live here in Laredo. It's good to know everyone cares about everyone."
Officer Reyes was a police officer for 29-years before his accident and said he is thankful for the support the Laredo community has given to him.