WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington Police Officer Christopher Greer was critically injured in an accident on Oleander Drive in 2008, and thanks to the community's support he is ready to get back in action.
Thursday, Officer Greer walked around and was alive to thank his comrades. Greer had been with the force less than a year when his car crashed.
"EMS and fire - I LOVE those guys," said Greer. "If it wasn't for them I probably wouldn't be here, you know...in addition to my fellow officers in the WPD, you know, its one team, and I appreciate every last one of them."
Greer is lucky to be alive. In October 2008, Greer was seriously injured in a crash when he responded to a back up call.
"When an officer needs help - you get there," said Greer. "I remember it started raining heavily and then the next thing I know an officer was holding my head up."
That Saturday morning in October, the road was slick as Greer headed east on Oleander Drive. His car hydroplaned, he lost control, and crashed into a utility pole and a tree.
Lucky for Greer, he was still conscious when medics arrived to the scene. He said he doesn't remember much of the accident, but his team and our community have not forgotten.
The Carolina Coast Harley Davidson joined efforts with the Community Foundation to create the "Officer Down" fund that gives grants to public safety officials injured in the line of duty.
Surrounded by his proud team and a fleet of Harleys, Officer Greer was awarded with a check of $1,000 Thursday.
Officer Greer said the feeling of appreciation means more to him than the check. He said that day to day you often encounter people who aren't happy to see you, so this sort of appreciation means a lot.
More than 300 motorcyclists are expected to tour the area this Saturday for the "Officer Down Ride."
For more information on the fund, click here.