INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The last time IMPD Officer Greg Stevens was on crutches, was at Whiteland High School 12 years ago. He was a fullback on the Warriors football team.
"I think I twisted my knee," said Stevens.
Fast forward through four years in the United States Marine Corp, and another four serving with IMPD and Stevens is back, crutches and all, and more than ever a warrior.
"I still have an open wound on my inner right thigh, and it's going to probably take another month or so just for that to close up and then after that it's going to be a lot of physical therapy," said Stevens.
Officer Stevens was the first to arrive to a report of shots fired on September 24. When the suspect didn't drop his weapon, shots were exchanged and Stevens was hit in his leg. Witnesses called his actions extremely brave.
"Somebody that goes through traumatic situations such as shooting at somebody or being shot at, you really don't view it as traumatic when you're in it and you don't view yourself as a hero. You're just doing your job," said Stevens.
But Officer Stevens' alma mater couldn't be more proud of his job, his courage, and his character.
Friday night, he was invited back to the football field he once played on, to serve as honorary captain. But this time, he received a standing ovation unlike any football victory.
He hopes this football team will learn from his story and stay warriors long after graduation.
"It's probably going to mean to them that even though you come from a smaller town you can go out and do great things and persevere through everything," said Stevens.
Officer Stevens has a few months of recovery ahead of him, and says he can't wait to get back out on the streets with his fellow officers.
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