TRA 2015 Police Awards Recipient
Police Officer Mohit Arora assigned to the Third Precinct was on routine radio motor patrol in the early morning hours of August 14, 2013 when he responded with other Police Officers to a report of a residential burglary in progress. He was one of the first to arrive at the scene and observed the burglar walking away from the location. As he and other Officers got out of their cars, the burglar ran from them. They gave chase and Officer Arora quickly gained on the subject. As he came within arm’s reach of the burglar, the subject produced a handgun and fired multiple shots striking Officer Arora once in the abdomen causing him to immediately fall to the ground.
Police Officer Arora sustained soft tissue damage and the bullet also chipped his pelvic bone. He spent ten days in the hospital and remained on sick leave for four months while recovering. Officer Arora worked tirelessly and diligently at physical therapy in order to be able to return to work in a limited capacity, working restricted duty in the Station House. After three months of desk duty and in extreme pain, he decided that further surgery would be needed and underwent a lower back fusion. He continued his painful road to recovery and spent the following five months rebuilding his strength and mobility. He returned to restricted assignment as soon as his doctors allowed it. Seven months later doctors cleared him for full duty and he returned to patrol. To this day Officer Arora still has bullet fragments in his hip which doctors consider too risky to remove, but otherwise he has made a full recovery.
Police Officer Arora has shown the true meaning of dedication to duty. He has persevered when faced with a lengthy recuperation and painful physical therapy. He has not given in to his injury and thus been steadfast in his refusal to accept a less fulfilling role in his professional and personal life. He is an example to all who face adversity through injury or illness by overcoming his wound and returning to full and unrestricted duty as a Police Officer in order to serve his community.
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