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Reinstated Ga. Sergeant: 'I'm Back In the Game'

June 20, 2013  | 

Photo via ACCPD/Facebook.
Photo via ACCPD/Facebook.
The Athens-Clarke County (Ga.) Police Department reinstated a sergeant this week six years after she was nearly fatally stabbed while working a security detail in uniform.

Courtney Gale was reinstated as sergeant, the rank she held on Dec. 11, 2007, when a shirtless shopper stabbed her 10 times in the meat aisle of a Kroger grocery store.

"It's a dream come true," Gale told the Athens Banner-Herald Wednesday. "Everything is lining up where I left off. I'm a sergeant. I passed the lieutenant's exam. I'm back in the game."

The 2007 attack came with little warning. Gale noticed the man enter the Kroger without a shirt on a winter evening. After placing a Bible in his cart, he grabbed a butcher knife and placed it on the Bible. When she went to check on him, the ground fight was on.

Gale was saved by a nurse who was shopping at the Kroger. She remained in a coma for two weeks and had several surgeries to save her leg, all while tethered to a respirator, a dialysis machine and feeding tube. She was released from the hospital 45 days later, then underwent intensive therapy.

After completing physical rehab, Gale completed a master's in public administration at the University of Georgia. She returned to the agency in a non-sworn role as a management analyst in February of 2012.

After demonstrating she had the physical and psychological abilities to perform the job, the agency rehired her.

Tags: Athens-Clarke County (Ga.) PD, Sergeants, Trauma Care, Medical Leave


Comments (4)

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Duke Holtzman @ 6/20/2013 6:53 PM

What do you mean "Rehired Her"? She should have never been let go unless it was on Medical Retirment! I am sure she was oked to work security by her department so WHAT GIVES WITH THIS REHIRED B-LL S--T?

TXLawman @ 6/21/2013 8:11 AM

I agree with Duke. Why did she have to be re-hired? Makes no sense!

Clint @ 6/21/2013 9:37 AM

She probably had to suspend her pension to take the unsworn management analyst job. You can't have two jobs at the same agency at the same time. She would have been rehired and re-sworn once she qualified for full duty.

Jim A @ 6/23/2013 7:14 PM

"Rehired" is not my concern. I congratulate Sgt. Gale for her tremendous effort to return to duty. That is what we should concentrate on. We hear about the same type of incident in the military and the first words out of our mouths are "that guy is a hero". Sgt. Gale, you are a HERO. Welcome back. Good luck on the possible promotion.

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