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Officer Injured in Beltline Foot Chase Anxious to Return to Work

Posted March 13, 2007

— A Raleigh police officer struck by a car while pursuing a wanted suspect has released a statement.

Steven Salina was injured Feb. 27 when he was involved in a foot pursuit with William Davis Henry on the Beltline.

Since the accident, Salina said he is focusing on his recovery and hopes to get back to work soon.

“I am progressing well and expect to make a complete recovery. I love my job as a police officer, and I am anxious to return to it. One of my goals is to go back to work sooner than physicians and therapists expect," Salina said in the statement. "My parents and I are grateful for God's watch, care and protection over me. We are also grateful for the tremendous outpouring of prayer and support from the community as a whole and from my coworkers at the Raleigh Police Department."


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  • surfer Mar 14, 2007

    Hope you will be back on the job soon. To True Blue,.....well said brother.

  • Tarheeljunior Mar 14, 2007

    Congrats to Steven's mom for keeping an upbeat attitude in the face on injury to her son and criticisms from idiots like the one's in this forum. Steven in a man who puts on his uniform everyday and swears to do whatever he needs to in order to protect and serve. I thank him and I don't think he was wrong to take the action he did. The car struck him on accident and I don't think he or the young girl driving saw it coming. The old saying "All's well that ends well" seems appropirate. Officer Salina will be able to fully recover and get back to work and the suspect was apprehended. Best wishes to him and his family.

  • Police Officer Mar 13, 2007

    Thanks again for all your supportive comments.
    Steven is in good spirits and can't wait to get back to work.
    So look out bad guys, he'll run again!

  • weber01b Mar 13, 2007

    parole_girl call me 919 244-5706

  • narck9 Mar 13, 2007

    Its ironic that lowdown274 uses police terminology to criticize a cop doing his job. If you think you can do the job for 30 years and not make one mistake. Go ahead. I would make the bet that you would be too scared to even get out of the car.

  • ProudArmyWife Mar 13, 2007

    My prayers still go out to you Officer Salina as you continue on your road of recovery. May God continue to bless and keep you safe. Thank you for everything you and other officers do to keep our city safe. God Bless!

  • jgreene64 Mar 13, 2007

    Hopefully he has learned when it is prudent or warranted to turn a minor situation into a potentially life-threatening situation to all parties involved. (Answer: never.)

  • White Devil Mar 13, 2007

    I give the officer credit. At least he's getting out of the car and DOING HIS JOB instead of driving around all day avoiding work. I'm sure none of you "hard-charging" cops have never been affected by tunnel vision; maybe like the time there was an old lady broken down on the side of the rode but you were so focused on that jelly doughnut at Dunkin Donuts that you drove right by her without stopping.

  • Glenn Miller Mar 13, 2007

    "I would think a mental evaluation would be in order for anyone running across the interstate" - normalthinking

    He also has to face armed thugs, break up fights with weapons and other dangerous things that your pansy butt is too scared to do. It is a dangerous job, but I am glad that there are men and women out there that do protect me and stupid people like yourself....even though you don't deserve it.


  • true blue Mar 13, 2007

    Comments are posted saying this suspect was just wanted for begging. He has a history , including drug possesion, multiple DWI s, driving without a license, assault on a female, attempted first degree murder, child abuse, forgery... it goes on and on and on....but I guess to some of you that makes him a Boy Scout rather than a career criminal. That particular time it was begging, but I suppose you would rather give him the benefit of the doubt and have him stick a knife in your ribs while you're at an ATM machine. The blessing is that our dedicated police officers are sworn to serve and protect even you fools out there.