On Aug. 12, 2019, California Highway Patrol Officer Robert Paul was standing by on the Eucalyptus Avenue offramp of the 215 Freeway in Riverside as bike Officer Andre Moye Jr. ready to have a automobile towed.
Suddenly, the motive force retrieved a rifle from his pickup and unloaded on Moye, who fell about 20 ft from Paul, after which turned his weapon on Paul. Paul suffered crippling wounds to his legs and would later say he believed he was going to perish there. Yet, mendacity on his again behind his patrol automotive, Paul held off the attacker in a 10-minute gun battle till assist arrived.
Among the primary was CHP Officer Ryan Smith, who regardless of additionally being shot, was in a position to drag Paul 100 ft from the road of hearth. Other officers arrived and killed the attacker, Aaron Luther. Paul and Smith survived, however Moye, 34, didn’t.
On Monday, Jan. 25, Gov. Gavin Newsom rewarded Paul, Smith and 6 different state staff for his or her bravery and heroism by presenting them with the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor.
“Today’s Medal of Valor honorees demonstrated unparalleled heroism in service to their communities, risking their own safety to save lives,” Newsom stated. “Their actions are an inspiration to all of us.”
Paul nearly didn’t survive.
In an interview revealed within the annual report of the CHP 11-99 Foundation, which supplies emergency help to CHP households, Paul stated he was bleeding badly, his legs have been in items and that he was in excruciating ache.
As the attacker superior on Paul and used autos for canopy, Paul noticed motorists taking photographs and movies with their cell telephones. He puzzled whether or not anybody was utilizing their telephone to name 911.
“There’s no way I’m going to survive, but I have to keep shooting and fighting. What am I going to tell my parents, my girlfriend Jenny? At that point, I thought I was going to die,” Paul stated.
But he didn’t.
“Paul’s remarkable will to survive kept him alive,” CHP Inland Division Chief Bill Dance, who’s now retired, stated within the basis report. “With all odds stacked against him, he used his weapon effectively to keep the suspect away until backup arrived.”
That will, and many of help, saved Paul. After Smith pulled him to security, Riverside County sheriff’s Deputy Mario Chappell, 5 days into his area coaching however a nine-year Marine veteran, utilized tourniquets to Paul’s arterial wounds. A sheriff’s patrol automotive whisked Paul to a hospital.
Paul spent the subsequent three months there, enduring 12 surgical procedures. Doctors have been in a position to restore the smashed leg bones and provides him pores and skin and muscle grafts, the inspiration report stated. Paul is lacking three inches of bone in his left leg.
Now, Paul is again on the CHP workplace in a civilian function, strolling with a brace as he makes an attempt to work his approach again to obligation, stated Officer Dan Olivas, a CHP spokesman.
Paul and Smith declined to be interviewed for this story.
“My main focus is to take it one day at a time or else it’s too overwhelming,” Paul stated within the basis report.