ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police officer who was ambushed and shot during a suspected DWI stop thanked the paramedics last week who saved him, only to then get in a car crash on his way home. People are not hesitating to step in and help him again.
Officer Lou Golson is the first to admit that 2015 got off to a rough start.
Golson believed he was pulling over a drunk driver in early January. Lapel video captured that driver, who police say is Christopher Cook, shooting at Golson. He was hit in the leg, and broke his hand in the fall.
Last Friday, Golson thanked the paramedics who saved his life in a ceremony with the mayor. On their way home, his wife’s car was rear-ended at a red light.
Golson hit his injured hand in the wreck, a setback in what will already be a lengthy recovery. His wife was also banged up. The car, the only one the Golsons have he can get into from his wheelchair, cannot be driven.
The Albuquerque Police Officers Association reached out to car dealers. Power Ford stepped up, loaning the Golsons a set of wheels– a new Ford Explorer– until insurance issues have been ironed out.
“It’s amazing,” Golson said. “It’s low so the wheelchair isn’t an issue, because there’s storage space. It’s a vehicle that’s safe, you know. I was just really humbled by that.”
Golson told KRQE News 13 the outpouring of support has been overwhelming, and that while it’s been one thing after another, he’s not going to let that get him down.
“Even with the setbacks that I’ve had, I’m just going to fight through them, work through them and I’m going to get better,” Golson said.