Near-death experience changed officer's outlook on life
Posted April 11, 2013
Updated April 12, 2013
Roanoke Rapids, N.C. — There are moments in every person's life that shapes who they are and who they will become.
For John Taylor, that moment came on Nov. 17, 2010.
Then a Roanoke Rapids police officer, Taylor stopped a green 1997 Geo Prism for following another vehicle too closely. He ended up being shot four times in the stomach, wrist and neck.
"I really thought I was going to die on the side of the road," he said.
Police would eventually find the driver, Michael Edgerton, and the passenger, his fiancée, Renee Phillips. Phillips was arrested and Edgerton committed suicide.
"It was actually one of the best things that's ever happened in my life," Taylor said.
It was that day, he says, that helped him gain a new perspective.
"You want to remember just how precious life really is," he said.
Since the shooting, Taylor and his wife have had their second son. Family, he says, was his first priority in making his next career move.
"I didn't want my son to grow up not knowing me," he said.
Taylor had offers from the State Bureau of Investigation and the FBI to become an agent. He chose the state because he felt it would mean more time at home.
"We have, what I hope, is a long, happy life ahead of all of ourselves," he said.