Three years ago, Fort Worth police officer Matt Brazeal narrowly escaped death when he was hit by a stolen car and dragged over 100 feet.
After years of recovery and over 70 surgeries, Officer Brazeal has bravely chosen to return to the police force.
“Since I was 18, I’ve always had a calling to serve. So it’s just that I guess it’s in my blood, you could say. I can’t imagine doing anything else than wearing a uniform,” he said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”
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Fort Worth, Texas police officer Matt Brazeal was hit by a stolen vehicle and dragged about 100 feet. Brazeal has had over 70 surgeries since the incident. (Fox News)
Around 11:30 AM on June 13, 2020, officer Matt Brazeal was hit by a stolen vehicle after the suspect attempted to flee the scene. (Fox News)
At approximately 11:30am on June 13, 2020, Brazeal was critically injured while he was trying to deploy Stop Sticks and a tire-deflation device in an effort to stop the fleeing suspect.
In trying to avoid the Stop Sticks, the suspect swerved and struck Brazeal, then dragging him more than 100 feet along the West Loop 820.
“In this line of work, you always know it can be you, but you never really think it’s going to be you”
— Officer Matt Brazeal of the Fort Worth, Texas police department
When arriving on the scene, first responders initially thought Brazeal was dead, but miraculously, he survived the horrific accident.
“In this line of work, you always know it can be you, but you never really think it’s going to be you. It’s always somebody else,” Brazeal explained to co-host Steve Doocy.
“You never think, yeah, it’s going to be me, until it is. And then you wake up one day, you’re just like, all right, and here we are, we got to deal with it.”
He would be back on the force today, but said he had another “unexpected surgery” last Friday.