Before the man who shot him was sentenced to the maximum 35 years, Waseca, MN, police officer Arik Matson told a courtroom how his “life was changed forever.”

“From this day forward I chose to live life to the fullest, trust God’s plan and never take anything for granted,” Matson said

Matson, 33, told the courtroom he “would still respond to that call if it were tomorrow.”

Janovsky did not look at Matson or any of the people who spoke about how he had shattered their lives Friday afternoon at the Waseca County Courthouse, the Mankato Free Press reports. He gave a brief apology before he was sentenced to 35 years in prison for shooting Matson in the head and shooting at two other Waseca police officers.