ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A reserve deputy with Bernalillo County will be honored this weekend after he was severely wounded in the line of duty.
Jeremy Romero was a Corrales police officer in 2014 when he became paralyzed after he rolled his patrol car during a chase.
KRQE News 13 met up with Romero on Wednesday at St. Pius where he was promoting law enforcement as a career.
He’s among a dozen wounded officers from all over the country who will be honored Saturday by the “Wounded Officers Initiative.” It provides long-term support for officers wounded in the line of duty.
“The people that really need to be honored are the officers who are still wearing the badge and actually put their lives on the line while on duty every day and not only law enforcement officers, but paramedics, fire personnel, corrections personnel. We all put ourselves in danger every day and those are the true heroes,” said Romero.
Romero is also known as Robocop because of an exoskeleton device he uses that helps him walk. He tells KRQE News 13 he has regained 65 percent use of his left leg.