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Laurinburg Officer Grateful to Be Alive

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LAURINBURG — A Laurinburg Police officer who was shot and nearly killed, is in the fast lane on the road to recovery. Sgt. Doug Bowen was shot in the abdomen in June. Doctors didn't think he would live. But he has defied their predictions and prevailed.

Although he was shot more than two months ago, Sgt. Doug Bowen still gets emotional when he talks about the bullet that almost ended his life. Bowen says his young daughter and wife gave him the will to live.

"I never thought I'd see my daughter again," Bowen said. "That was probably one of the hardest parts."

The shooting left Sgt. Bowen wheelchair bound, but he hopes to eventually go back to work on his own two feet.

"As far as walking, I've been walking with a walker as far as 1,000 feet a day, but that's with the aid of a walker," explained Bowen. "But we're still having a lot of problems with the quadriceps and the knee."

Sgt. Bowen says he greatly appreciates the support and prayers he's gotten from people throughout the state.

"Friends, family other officers, it's just been unbelievable, and you can't put into words what it means," Bowen said.

Despite the intense rehabilitation schedule he's on, Sgt Bowen says he's just grateful to be back at home with his daughter and wife.

His first week home, Sgt. Bowen was honored with a standing ovation at a local high school football game he attended.

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