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Shooting ended his career, but Cary officer would do it again

Posted November 18, 2010

George Almond of Cary knows about the fear, pain and long recovery that lie ahead for Roanoke Rapids Police Officer John Taylor, who was shot by a suspect during a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities said Taylor pulled over a car on Interstate 95 for following too closely. As he talked to the female passenger, the male driver pulled out a gun and shot him in the neck, torso and hand. 

"The hair on the back of my neck stood up. It projected me back into the situation I was in," Almond said.

In October 2001, Almond became the first Cary officer to be shot in the line of duty. He was 28 years old.

Almond pulled over a car he knew had been linked to suspicious activity. He even had reports that people in the car made have had weapons. When he approached, Emory Bivens shot him right between the eyes.

Almond has no memory of the incident, but he has plenty of daily reminders. He has a prosthetic eye. He lost his sense of taste, smell and some of his hearing. He still carries shrapnel under his skin from the shooting.

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After a long rehabilitation, Almond returned to the force, but retired in 2004 for medical reasons.

He said all officers accept the dangers of the job and the unknown and unknowable threat behind even a simple traffic stop. "It could be a very bad situation that could unfold," he said.

Even after his experience, Almond said he'd do it all again. "I think it is a passion each officer has to have," he said.

Bivens is serving a sentence of up to 45 years in prison.


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  • awwitslilb Nov 19, 2010

    I must say i know this officer personally, after his incident he was assigned to a simple case that happened @ my mothers house. He was an outstanding gentlemen and everything, after he retired I got to know him personally as he often visited the restaurant i was managing at the time. He is truly an outstanding man and is the reason and inspiration that i will begin the B.L.E.T course's next year to become an officer. Also i recently visited the restaurant and he happened to be there.He took the time to get up and say hello and catch up on things. Amazing man. God bless!

  • chaotickitty82 Nov 19, 2010

    As screwed up as our nation is right now in this bad economy, LEOs have it just as bad, if not worse than our military serving overseas. People are desperate and/or crazy in this bad economy, and both can cause people to do something irrational. Our brave LEOs are out there everyday in this mess, trying to keep the peace.

    They deserve just as much respect as those who are fighting in the Middle East, but as we all know, they rarely ever receive it...

  • ncmedic201 Nov 19, 2010

    Tommy, you took a story that had absolutely nothing to do with the military and everything to do with todays news and turned it into something else. Of course everyone is going to make a comment to you. Why would you even mention the military in an article about law enforcement? It sounds more like you are the one who likes confrontation. If you want to discuss the military then find an appropriate article about the military.

  • tommy69 Nov 19, 2010

    I said nothing bad about any of these men, I only stated that I would like it better if it were about one of our vets.,and I have no idea why this is a issue with some of you people, do you just love confrontation? You all have a great day!

  • ajmac09 Nov 19, 2010

    Both of these men are very brave. To look back and say he'd do it all over again? That's a courage and bravery not a lot of us possess.
    Thank you for your service and the sacrifices that you've made, officers. We're eternally grateful.

  • Seeminglyopposed Nov 19, 2010

    commsents...i feel ALL of them are heros..the ones here and abroad. NONE should be characterized more or less worthy of the title of being a hero. Actually most real heros are dead. A great deal of brave people are still alive, and those are the ones that this forum are fussing about and should not be because all professions that has to deal with people today have to be brave because this society has lost whatever morals we were graced with, you can tell by the integrity or the lack thereof of the comments of the posts.

  • ncmedic201 Nov 19, 2010

    Gosh Tommy, you sound jealous. What are you, ex-military who gets upset because people aren't patting your back at every turn? Every day the men and women of law enforcement put their lives on the line. They deserve no less respect for that than any other person who puts themselves in extraordinary situations.

  • LucyLooo Nov 19, 2010

    Why would it be better if it was about a war veteran? That makes no sense.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Nov 19, 2010

    tommy69, your comment is very stupifying.

  • carolinagal78 Nov 19, 2010

    Everday police officers lives are put in danger while they work to keep you and me safe. They never know when they are going to stop that one car that a dangerous criminal may be driving. I support our military fully and I know they fight for our freedom. However I dont see the point in referencing them when this article is about one law enforcement officers struggle. Why diminish his suffering just because he's not a war veteran?? As the fiance of a police officer I wonder everday if he is going to come home safe. You dont have to be in a war area to face the same struggles. War happens everyday on the streets of America w/drugs, gangs, etc. Lets have some sympathy for people regardless of the profession.