Gainesville man reunited with officer who saved his life, after hit by his stolen car
(WGFL): Gainesville, Fla. —
A beautiful reunion today with a Gainesville man who was run over by his own car and the officer who saved his life.
We told you the story last month about how someone stole Joshua Roe's car and ran him over.
"From my shoulders to my knees is basically is either excruciating or numb at this point but I feel good to be able to be here to say thank you," Roe said.
The last time Joshua Roe saw Officer Jack Salafrio he was on the ground, with a broken pelvis and ribs after being hit by a teen who stole his car.
"I was so incredibly thankful...when I laid there it felt like 3 eternities, yelling for help," Roe said.
Officer Salafrio came to Rowe and helped him in anyway he could.
"Just make sure he's was comfortable ,make sure he gets to speak with his wife that's one thing he wanted to do," Salafrio said.
Rowe said when he was laying there, he thought this could be the last time he saw his family, but he stayed strong.
"It was a fight in me, I had to get home to a 4 month old and a 2 year old baby and a gorgeous and loving wife....I knew that I wasn't going to give up on them," Roe said.
He was an avid cyclist and outdoorsman before he was hurt. He said not being able to do what he loves is hard, but he's happy to be alive today and will continue to push through for his family.
Rowe said doctors told him it will be a year before he's fully recovered.