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Injured trooper shares his road to recovery

Updated: Friday, March 7 2014, 12:07 PM EST

By: Deven Clarke

ATLANTA -- He can't walk or move his arms on his own. Now, the injured Pennsylvania State trooper is hundreds of miles away from home undergoing specialized treatment at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

Trooper Bradley Wilson was approaching the end of a more than 24-year career as a state policeman, but it ended suddenly and violently.

It was Sept. 26, 2013 when Wilson was trying to serve a search warrant at a home on Cemetery Hill Road just outside Brockway. Police said they believed there was drug activity at the home.

That's when police said Kenneth Lees, Sr. opened fire, hitting Wilson in the neck.  Lees died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a standoff with police, they said.

"I didn't know if I was going to survive or not," Wilson said in an interview at his Atlanta rehab room. "I thought I was going to die."

He can't talk about the case because i''s still being investigated, but he said he struggles to understand why this happened.

"I don't know why he chose to shoot me," he said.  "The first thing I thought about after I got shot was Aerika."

Aerika Liddington is Wilson's fiancé.

"They have told him, I can't believe you’re sitting right here, man you know, you were dead," Liddington said.

Both bullets are still inside Wilson. They are not hurting him medically, so doctors decided to leave them.

Wilson is now quadriplegic, using a wheelchair to explore the halls of the rehab center.  He attends therapy six days a week.

Wilson has also been working on how to control his wheelchair with a straw, using sips and blows to move the chair in the direction he wants to go.

He has been receiving an outpour of love from friends back home and even stranger.

"Makes me feel good that the community has good feelings towards me and people that I don’t even know send me cards," he said.

But for Wilson and his family, there are still many worries.

"My house was built in the 1940's and it's not really wheelchair accessible," he said. "It's going to have to be modified and even have an addition built on it so I can move around."

Despite all that he's been through and the long journey still ahead, Wilson amazingly said he wouldn't change a thing.

"I am a Pennsylvania state trooper. I am a soldier of the law," Wilson said.

Liddington is hopeful that he'll be able to go home by his birthday in April.

If you would like to send cards to Wilson send them to:

C/O Trooper Bradley Wilson
Shepherd Center
2020 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

Injured trooper shares his road to recovery

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