Atlanta official says ‘it’s still hard to walk’ after being hit by car on highway
NS atlanta The police department is shedding light on how officials An officer “put his life on the line every single day” to protect the community after he posted video footage of an officer being hit by a car on the highway during a separate accident investigation.
“We often say, ‘Officers put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve their community’ – many people don’t understand how genuine this statement is. Are officers operating traffic stops? Whether, issuing warrants on known gang members. Light housing complexes, patrolling the streets at 3 a.m., or responding to an auto accident on I285, their safety is always at risk and their bravery is always on display, “The City of Atlanta Police Department posted on Facebook Tuesday, with footage of the recent accident.
Footage shows Atlanta Police Department veteran officer Steven Randerson investigating an accident on I-75 earlier this month. The officer had parked his patrol car behind the crashed vehicle, and was standing within the right shoulder of the highway.
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According to officials, a car was speeding near the spot and lost control in wet conditions.
The car crashed into Randerson as he turned his back.
“It happened so quickly – I got hit by the SUV,” Randerson Told Channel 2 Action News.
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Randerson was seriously injured by the accident, officials said, and he told the outlet that, “Right now, it’s still difficult to walk.”
He is currently recovering and is not on duty.
“We are grateful that Officer Randerson is in the healing process. It could have been so much worse. This incident is a reminder of the many dangerous situations that officers can encounter every day and how grateful we should all be for their service. We “Our officers are proud of the work they do and are conscious of their bravery,” the department said in a Facebook post.
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“Unless you’re an officer, there’s no way to understand the seriousness of what happens in a day or what can happen during a 911 call response.”
The department also said that the video is a reminder to follow Georgiaof move over law, which requires drivers to proceed from one lane when stopping an emergency vehicle on the side of the road, “to avoid exactly this type of incident.”