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Road to Recover Is Full of Bumps, Bruises for Columbus Police Sergeant
COLUMBUS (Terri Sullivan) -- It's been a long road of recovery for Columbus Police Sgt. Steve Livingston, who was hit by an alleged drug-impaired driver in July of 2012. In the last 17 months, hes had 10 surgeries, plus dozens of broken bones and injuries.
"Being able to communicate with people from around the world has been great for me," said Livingston, who is also a member of the International Police Association. "I miss the international travel I was doing beforehand, but that'll come back eventually."
The driver of an SUV, who police say, was high on marijuana at the time, plowed into Livingston going an estimated 60 miles per hour.
At the time of the incident, Livingston was out of his car helping an accident victim. Officials say its amazing he survived.
"Some days are very good. Some days are not, and I feel like I'm 90."
The 19-year veteran is now back on restricted duty, but the crash has taken its toll. Last night's "Shop With a Cop" event left him stiff and sore.
"Cops don't like to talk about emotions you know," said Livingston. "You always think of the rigid Robocop. I've noticed I'm much more emotional about things as life goes on. A little more reflective and -- perhaps some would say -- a little wiser, but I don't know about that. I'll have to let others be the judge."
An 11th surgery is scheduled for next year. Whether he gets back in full uniform will also be decided then.