PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Portland police officer paralyzed last fall in a freak accident during training has returned to work.
Paul Meyer, a 20-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau, went back to work Tuesday. He will work on a limited, part-time basis in the bureau's Armory, an arm of the training division.
Meyer was badly injured last November when a tree fell on him during a training session on Hayden Island. The injuries left him paralyzed.
Meyer's recovery from the accident was described in a Portland police press release as "remarkable."
"It's an honor to welcome Paul back to work," Portland Police Chief Mike Reese said in the press release. "Paul's tremendous skills and knowledge are an asset to the police bureau and I'm excited to have Paul back and to see him finish his career as a Portland police officer."
Paul's wife, Mary, said in the news release that the family has been overwhelmed by the support of the police bureau. She said an officer was outside her husband's hospital room for 51 days.
"Life will never be as it was, but we are confident that with everyone's support, Paul will continue to amaze us with his speed of recovery," she said in the news release.