‘Robocop’ honored at Roundhouse

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SANTA FE (KRQE) – A Corrales police officer who’s made a remarkable recovery after nearly losing his life in the line of duty last year was recognized at the Roundhouse on Thursday afternoon.

Officer Jeremy Romero received a standing ovation. The fact Romero was standing is remarkable.

Romero was chasing suspects through Corrales in January 2014.

Reading the proclamation, Robert Tansey, reader for the House, announced, “Due to the suspect’s dangerous high speed, the vehicle lost control and tragically Officer Romero’s car followed into the cloud of dust, resulting in his car crashing into a power pole.”

“Through the grace of God, and possessing the heart of a lion, he was determined to not live his life bound to a wheelchair. If he wanted to walk again, he needed to walk again and he did not want his law enforcement career to end,” Tansey read.

Corrales can walk with the help of a type of exoskeleton machine.

“It’s very emotional for me,” he said. “It’s a little bit overwhelming experience, but at the same time, I’m truly honored to be in front of the people I know best, the people from New Mexico,” said Romero.

Romero said he wouldn’t consider any other career. He first made news suing the state when he said he was fired from the Special Investigations Division for telling his bosses about a fellow cop who picked up prostitutes on the job. Then came the horrific crash in Corrales, and now Romero begins a new chapter.

“Officer Romero, now being known as New Mexico and America’s first ‘robocop’ now has the dream of running for sheriff in Guadalupe County,” the proclamation said.

“I feel there’s a lot of unfinished business I have down there, and I feel I can take that sheriff’s department and move it forward,” said Romero.

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