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IMPD officer back on the job after amputation

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Officer Travis Owens recalls the date in less than a second.

“July 27th, 2015,” Owens said emphatically.

On that date a surgeon amputated Owens’ leg. The 10-year Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officer shattered his ankle in 2001 after falling from a roof. Owens suffered the injury before he became an officer. Since then, he battled pain from that injury that started shooting up his leg.

When the pain became too much to bear, Owens went to see his doctor last summer, who informed him his leg would need to be amputated. He thought his career was over; however, Owens received help from IMPD’s Office of Professional Development and Police Wellness after the operation. It’s a program that United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch highlighted earlier this month.

“One of my top priorities as Attorney General is strengthening relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities we serve and protect,” said Attorney General Lynch. “During the second phase of my community policing tour, I will be highlighting some of the innovative efforts underway around the country to build trust, foster cooperation and enhance public safety.

Lynch credited the department for helping people like Officer Owens overcome physical obstacles. After the surgery, Owens went through various tests, training and physicals. Owens passed his test and returned back to IMPD in December of 2015.

“I want to be the person everyone looks up to,” said Owens.

Recently a fellow officer created a short video of Owens’ journey. IMPD pushed the video to its social media followers.

In the end, Owens wanted to dedicate his fight back to the department to his wife and children. He hopes his story gives others a sense of hope.