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Cary Police Officer Shot In Face Returns To Work

Posted March 18, 2002

— A Cary police officer shot in the face during a traffic stop has made so much progress in his recovery that he is back at work.

Almond, 30, is one person who does not mind getting up for work in the morning. Five months ago, he was shot in the face during a traffic stop on Highway 64 near Walnut Street in Cary. Two weeks ago, he returned to work.

"Obviously, I'm just thankful that I am alive," he said.

Almond is blind in his left eye and has little hearing in his left ear, but he said the ordeal has given him a new perspective of life.

"I'm thankful with where I am right now and the progression that I have had physically, being back at work," he said. "This is a great police department. They have really supported me over the past five months. I am pleased to be back in the law enforcement community."

Almond is working four hours a day and hopes doctors will allow him to work full-time in about a month. He will have to have more reconstructive surgery done on his face.

Emory Bivins, the man charged with shooting Almond, is scheduled to appear in court May 30 for sentencing.

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