(KMOV) – Officer Joseph Haman was honored as the city’s Officer of the Year Wednesday night. This comes after a gunman critically injured Officer Haman during a shootout in a north St. Louis gas station parking lot in May.
Well before Officer Haman was injured, he and his partner Kyle Chandler were named “Officer of the month” five times last year.
His entire life, Officer Haman says he has felt a need to serve. He says he did it for his country as a marine. Wednesday night, he and Chandler were honored for serving as a skillful police officer.
Last year, the duo made 114 arrests that resulted in 121 felony warrants.
Both men say they are looking forward to the day that Haman can patrol the streets again. But since no one can say for sure when that will be, right now, they are focusing on his recovery.
In recent weeks, Haman has undergone physical therapy, and says he is pleased with his progress. “It’s going well, it’s going real well,” he says. “It’s been real speedy, real fast, and the doctors are all saying good things.”
Haman also has a message for St. Louis: Thank you. He says from day one, St. Louisans have showed that they care by flooding his hospital room with cards, and for those expressions of sympathy and care, he says he’ll be forever grateful.
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